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Suse 10.3 And Firefox3


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#1 Jim P

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 05:02 PM

I'm new to Linux SUSE 10.3 and bleepingcomputer. Hi everyone

I would like to replace Firefox2 with Firefox3. I have downloaded FF3 but for life of me cannot figure out how to get it to work.

Maybe a step by step tutorial for Linux dummies is in order.

A big thank you for any help.

Regards

Jim

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:45 PM

Step by step:
Is the file on your desktop?
Open your file manager and move it your home directory. (/home/jim as an example)
Open your terminal program (in KDE it will be Konsole) and type:
ls (that's LS, but lower case)
Verify you see firefox-3.0.tar.bz2, now type:
tar -jxvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2
When it finishes type:
cd firefox
and then type:
./firefox

Note: these instructions are for single user install. If you need to install
system wide the instructions will be very different.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 08:36 AM

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Yes the file is on my desktop.

I'll give it a try and see what happens

Thanks

Jim

Edited by Jim P, 12 July 2008 - 08:38 AM.


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:02 AM

Tried it, couldn't get it to work.

I have open SUSE 11.0 guess I'll install it.

I think? it has FF3.0

Thanks

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 08:07 PM

Did you get any error messages on the command line?
Did you close FF2 before trying to run FF3?

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 06:56 AM

raw,

I was getting an error message in the command line.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 08:46 AM

raw,

I was getting an error message in the command line.

Jim



Soooo....What's the error? I bet it's alibrary you need installed.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 10:09 AM

raw,

I was getting an error message in the command line.

Jim



Soooo....What's the error? I bet it's alibrary you need installed.



I don't remember, I'll try to install it again.

it sez "command not found"


I've about come to the conclusion that openSUSE 10.3 isn't for novices. Thinking about switching to Ubuntu8.04. Maybe more user friendly to us Linux newbies with limited Windows experience.

Jim

Edited by Jim P, 13 July 2008 - 09:19 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:38 AM

I don' t mean to disparage....but this is as simple as it gets. You download the tar file, extract it, cd to the directory, and run ./firefox as raw has instructed.

In actuality, you are not installing anything at all. The Firefox tar package comes with everything Firefox needs to run except for a library or 2. Libraries in Linux are .dll files in Windows, shared resources.

Are you trying to run ./firefox from the alt+f2 run box? It won't work this way at all, you must fire-up a terminal to run the script. Or, you can make a shortcut to the script (the firefox file in the directory) then you can run it from your taskbar like any other program. Right-click on the taskbar, choose to add a launcher or program or whatever syntax Suse uses, then go to it in the resulting box that appears. Simple.

Start from the top....rename your current ~/.mozilla directory to .mozilla-last or something and make a new .mozilla directory. (~/ signifies a user's home directory). Ctrl + h will show you your hidden files and directories. It matters not where you extract Firefox. I run it from my downloads folder which is not in my ~/ directory. Anyway.....

Open a terminal to run it . Running programs from the terminal is good because you can see any error messages.

$ cd /wherever/you/extracted/firefox
absolutely not necessary but never hurts: $ chmod +x firefox
$ ./firefox


I think that you kept the same .mozilla directory and that there are some extensions (maybe) causing you grief.

Additionally, while I personally don't run Suse, but I have, I disagree with your statement that it's not user friendly. It's simply up to the user to relinquish their Windows thinking ways and gain a remedial understanding of how Linux works. It's not hard, you don't have to become an expert (sheesh, who is?) and once you achieve this basic level of understanding you will begin to see why so many of us will never run anything else.

Quit giving up so easily. This is nothing. Honest.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:54 AM

It may be simple to you, but it's not very clear to me. I'll keep playing with it and see what happens.

Regards

Jim




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