You might want to use different Firefox profiles for many reasons. But with a native integration into the GNOME desktop experience, Firefox profiles, especially when used concurrently, can be a somewhat inconvenient to use. However, this problem can be solved using a custom
During my time as a student, I found it to be very convenient having permanent access to a browser with an university ip address (e.g. for searching papers or accessing access-restricted web pages). Assuming a Firefox profile called
repr1 which is configured to use an university proxy, the following
.desktop file generates a second firefox launcher in the dock.
This only works if the system Firefox has been launched first. For full flexibility, an explicit window class (e.g.
--class Firefox) is to be added to all
Exec commands in the standard
.desktop file (e.g.
The icon for the above example can be downloaded here.
new profiles can be created using e.g.