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#1 m0le

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:31 PM

Can anyone tell me how to install Firefox 3 on Linux. I don't know which distro I am either.

There seems to be a big problem trying to install FF3 while FF2 is still on there (no space) so it's a massive gamble to uninstall the old one before I am sure that FF3 will definitely install.

I have the latest update in /home/user.

I am hating Linux atm.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:22 PM

You don't know what distro you're using? :thumbsup: Most major distro's have a package management system which installs/updates all programs on the machine. There ought to be an entry on your main menu somewhere called Add/Remove Programs, or something similar. Find it and search for Firefox 3. Select it and install it (you might consult the instructions likely to be found under the Help menu in your package manager.

How to find out what distro you're using.

Actually, I posted a while ago on how to have both FF2 and FF3 on the same machine. You can read about it here.

If I understand you right, you don't have enough hard drive space to install both Firefox 3 and Firefox 2, right? If that's the case, then perhaps you should invest in an additional hard drive as you are running seriously low on space!

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:25 PM

Well, thanks for the reply Andrew. Even if it's a little sarky.. :flowers:

The console command cat /proc/version tells me that it's Debian (I think) though even this isn't obvious.

As for the FF problem I will definitely follow that up and let you know. The last time I tried to run a backup for FF2 it told me I was out of memory so I think it's just a space issue.

Perhaps I've been spoilt by Windows but I don't think using a PC should be like this any more :thumbsup:

*slopes upstairs to boot up Vista desktop...
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:12 PM

Console command: cat /etc/release

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 05:18 PM

Well, thanks for the reply Andrew. Even if it's a little sarky.. :trumpet:

I'm always snarky. It means that I like you!

The console command cat /proc/version tells me that it's Debian (I think) though even this isn't obvious.

Okay, Debian. Good, I like Debian. Follow raw's advice to get more info.

As for the FF problem I will definitely follow that up and let you know. The last time I tried to run a backup for FF2 it told me I was out of memory so I think it's just a space issue.

Oh! It's the memory! That's not hard drive space, but rather RAM. It's a common mistake that people make because in human minds memory is analogous to long term storage (a hard drive) rather than short term storage (RAM). Just close some open programs to clear up some memory and you should be fine. You ought to have plenty of hard drive space to install FF3.

Perhaps I've been spoilt by Windows but I don't think using a PC should be like this any more :flowers:

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I'll pretend I didn't hear that... :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 06:15 PM

Okay, no file or directory exist when I used raw's console command.

I did find something console command: apt-get install firefox but it is saying that I am already using the most up to date version...

What next?
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 06:40 PM

Try: cat /etc/issue

I have the latest update in /home/user.

firefox-3.0.7.tar.bz2 ?

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:00 PM

Try: cat /etc/issue


Yes, that did it. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0

I have the latest update in /home/user.
firefox-3.0.7.tar.bz2 ?


Yes. That's the one.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:50 PM

Debian "Etch"
There is a newer version - 5.0 Lenny
http://www.debian.org/

Close Firefox.
Open a terminal, you should be in your user directory.
Type: tar jxvf firefox-3.0.7.tar.bz2
Wait for it to finish.
Type: cd firefox
Type: ./firefox
If it runs correctly you can simply create a shortcut
on your desktop to FF3

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:05 PM

Debian "Etch"
There is a newer version - 5.0 Lenny
http://www.debian.org/

Close Firefox.
Open a terminal, you should be in your user directory.
Type: tar jxvf firefox-3.0.7.tar.bz2
Wait for it to finish.
Type: cd firefox
Type: ./firefox
If it runs correctly you can simply create a shortcut
on your desktop to FF3


All good up until the ./firefox command when I got an error saying my GTK libraries are out of date.

What does that mean?
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:51 PM

Means you need to update.
Open a terminal, become root (su)
Type: apt-get update
Wait for it to finish.
Type: apt-get upgrade <-this might take a while depending on how much is updated.
This should update all packages and FF3 "should" run.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

Hi raw,

Really appreciate your help here, btw :thumbsup:

apt-get update worked but apt-get upgrade read the package list, updated the dependency tree and decided that nothing should be installed, upgraded or removed.

So still getting the libraries update message I'm afraid.
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:47 PM

I read where GTK is 2.8 in Etch and FF3 wants 2.10.
Rather than copy and paste I give you this link:
http://www.linuxscrew.com/2008/06/21/insta...in-debian-etch/
Or you may want to upgrade your whole system to lenny:
apt-get -u dist-upgrade
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howt...#s-dist-upgrade

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 08:00 PM

Hi raw,

I managed to get the GTK+ from backports, as per the first instruction.

I'm afraid that this has me a bit lost

Then copy contents of newly created directory gtk2-10 to /opt/firefox3


How do I do that?


As for upgrading to Lenny the command (which I ran as root) did not work. I got the same response. Nothing was updated, removed, etc.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:04 PM

The first link provides a second link to:
http://www.captain.at/howto-run-firefox-3-debian-etch.php
Did you follow that?

Then copy contents of newly created directory gtk2-10 to /opt/firefox3 and add the following line into /opt/firefox3/firefox:

#!/bin/sh
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export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/opt/firefox3/gtk2-10/usr/lib"

You will need to adjust the paths because FF is not "installed". (system wide)
The new link should get you done quite easy.

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