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#1 joe883

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:14 AM

I have Mephis 6.5 as my only OS on my hard drive. The version
of Firefox is 2.0..Is there a way to update it? Same holds true
for Open Office. I believe I have to wait for Mepis to come up with
an update but not sure if I can just do it myself.

EDIT: I did find this, too much for me, but may be helpful to others here:

http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Ope...2-bit_Mepis_6.5

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:22 PM

I'm using swiftfox 2.0.0.4 on my kubuntu system. Fell in love with it. (Its a faster version of firefox). I usually like to wait for the distro to put it in the repos before I update. are you using the Ubuntu repos along with the mepis ones?

Edited by BlackSpyder, 13 July 2007 - 05:28 PM.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:50 PM

I guess the answer would be yes. As far as I can tell
Mepis uses lots of Ubuntu things...If I look at the repos
I see many items that say Ubuntu...

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:24 PM

Try this for upgrading OO. http://blog.agileware.net/index.php/archiv...ntu-or-kubuntu/
its a little outdated but may work

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:23 PM

I tried getting to that site and keep timing out. Maybe it's gone.
I'll try on my other computer later...Thanks.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 09:44 PM

here's the important stuff (b/c I'm not going to guess which package manager you use):

Open the terminal and do this

1. sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Add the line: deb http://people.ubuntu.com/~doko/OOo2 ./
3. Save and close the file, ctrl-x and y to save changes.
4. sudo apt-get update
5. sudo apt-get upgrade


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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:14 AM

Or you can uninstall the version you have now through synaptic/apt or terminal, whichever yuou prefer. Then go here:
http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/products/firefox/

It's one way to do it, anyways.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:01 AM

Thanks for all the info guys. Mepis had a big update via synaptic
a couple of days ago and I now have the latest version of Firefox.
I didn't think that would happen.....FWIW, apparently they want to
stick to the Open Office 2.0 version for now. I don't know if that will
be an auto update in the future or not....I'm going to try your suggestions
on my own....I'll keep you informed.......thanks again.

By the way, I've noticed that most people in this forum use Ubuntu rather
than Mepis. Is there a good reason for that or just a preference?

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:20 AM

The latest version of OO.o is 2.2.1. Only minor changes have been made to 2.0 as far as functionality, and a few minor bugs have been fixed. Although there have been some security patches since 2.0, these are not significant if you are a careful user. Hopefully OO.o will soon be able to offer incremental security patches instead of making users do a complete install of the later version.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:37 PM

By the way, I've noticed that most people in this forum use Ubuntu rather
than Mepis. Is there a good reason for that or just a preference?


Think of it as a Family tree with (correct me if im wrong) Slackware (since it uses source files) as the Partriarch. Down one leg (the .deb leg) it would go Slackware->Debian->Ubuntu->Mepis. each one is a descendant of the the one before it. All these use the same repo file type (.deb) except for Slackware (tar.gz.src ,or something like that). Ubuntu has been building a reputation as being a user friendly distro for some time now. It is growing into its prime and alot of people are pleased with it (the current release that is). Ubuntu has been growing a solid user base (such as myself) who like to be able to do simple things with a GUI for speed but not have the CLI taken away from them (as some distro somewhere has tried to do Im sure)

The other leg of the tree is the RedHat (rpm) leg which goes Slackware, RedHat and then its offspring Fedora, Mandravia, SUSE, and so on ( the RedHat leg has more branches then a 1000 year old Weeping Willow and most stem directly from RedHat which makes it very hard to explain).

I personally have not tried Mepis (yet, but it is on my list) and would say that if you are happy stay where you are. if your bored try the Ubuntu Live CD, or the Fedora 7 Live DVD or any other distro you see that you think you might like (there is one I will suggest just for a change of pace with the GUI its called Symphony OS and while buggy is very differant from the other GUIs GNOME and KDE it uses Enlightenment, I think)

Try any distro you chose you will find some you hate and maybe one you love more then your current one.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:14 PM

By the way, I've noticed that most people in this forum use Ubuntu rather
than Mepis. Is there a good reason for that or just a preference?


hi guys...here's another answer to that question if i may. i thought this article explained it very nicely.
http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/linux/locutus/a...ributions-16831

linux distro timeline
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:LinuxDistroTimeline.png

definitely about personality / community / individual freedom rather than anything technical. vector linux is based on slackware but i saw a quote that said "vector; a better slackware than slackware". also i saw a quote that said ubuntu is a better debian than debian and linuxmint is a better ubuntu than ubuntu. me? i like mandriva/kde.
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