Creating a bing search firefox addon

Microsoft’s bing search just went live. Below is the XML you need to create a OpenSearch format based Firefox add-on to include bing in Firefox’s list of search engines:

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/" xmlns:moz="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/">

<ShortName>bing</ShortName>

<Description>bing search</Description>

<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>

<Image width="16" height="16" type="image/x-icon">http://www.bing.com/favicon.ico</Image>

<Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://www.bing.com/search?q={searchTerms}"></Url>

<moz:SearchForm>http://www.bing.com/</moz:SearchForm>

</OpenSearchDescription>

Create a file with the above contents (make sure to join lines that have been split), name it bing.xml, stick it into C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins and restart Firefox — now you have bing in your search list.

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  1. I just pulled this page up on a google search. I’m trying to find the equivalent location to drop this XML snippet in a Linux install of Firefox, and having no luck. This post is old enough that it may simply be out of date, or there may be some other plugin that I need to have installed first that isn’t made explicit in the post. The “Creating OpenSearch plugins” documentation at developer.mozilla.org is about as clear as custard. Am I wasting my time, here?

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