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
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.