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Old 12-17-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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mozilla packages vs. Debian (firefox and thunderbird)


Hello all,

i am running debian sarge, and use the Mozilla Firefox web browser, and the Thunderbird e-mail client. I have downloaded both packages from Mozilla, not realising that i could apt-get them.

my question is: is there any reason to apt-get them vs using the packages from mozilla?

~TimmyP
 
Old 12-17-2004, 04:54 PM   #2
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Versions...

...the versions direct from the Mozilla site tend to be newer. The Debian-packaged versions could be conceived to be easier to maintain (use apt-get and its ilk to do so).
 
Old 12-18-2004, 11:39 AM   #3
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I always prefer Debian packages. Non-debian packages are simply bothersome to maintain and update. All menu modifications, icons etc. have to be done by hand, whereas debian packages do it automatically.
 
Old 12-20-2004, 02:50 PM   #4
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let me ask another question real quick...

if i use the debian packages, will the be intigrated with my desktop manager (kde or gnome, changes daily)? Right now i have downloaded the 2 programs, and when i click on a mailto link in Firefox, i get either KDE or Gnome's mailer, and can't seem to make firefox the defalt.

also, when i click on a link in an e-mail or an IM (i use gaim), thunderbird opens epiphany and gaim opens firefox, but goes to my home page.
 
Old 12-20-2004, 03:17 PM   #5
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Integrated?

I do believe they would be, yes. They certainly are on my desktop.
 
Old 12-20-2004, 03:19 PM   #6
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so if i just copy my .firefox and .thunderbird folders (in my home directory) to another folder, apt-get the programs, then replace the new folders with the old ones, will all my e-mails and bookmarks survive?


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Old 12-22-2004, 09:13 AM   #7
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so if i just copy my .firefox and .thunderbird folders (in my home directory) to another folder, apt-get the programs, then replace the new folders with the old ones, will all my e-mails and bookmarks survive?
Installing debian packages will not touch any files or folders in your home directory. No need to move those folders. Those files are created/updated only when you actually run the binaries.
 
  


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