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Old 02-03-2005, 03:23 PM   #1
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Talking Browser, install, uninstall..............OH MY


I finally after a week or so, got my Internet connection going. Now there is an issue with Browser(s). I really liked firefox in XP and am wondering if it's available (Im sure it is) for Mandrake and where could I get it? Or could anyone recommend a browser they believe is better/nicer, except for Mozilla? When I do install firefox or whichever, is it neccessary for me to also uninstall my current browser (mozilla)? If so, could you please let this newbie know how.

Thank you very much I appreciate any help,

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Old 02-03-2005, 04:18 PM   #2
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well yes there is firefox for linux. and no browser is better than it. you can install hundreds of plugins for firefox to extend its functionality. so why worry about other browsers. also you dont need to uninstall your current browser to run firefox. they will run side by side perfectly.
hope this answers it
 
Old 02-03-2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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Firefox is available from the Mozilla home page
www.mozilla.org

It's really easy to install, but if you need any help, just ask
 
Old 02-03-2005, 05:43 PM   #4
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I appreciate the help, hopefully theres no problems. On my part


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Old 02-03-2005, 06:16 PM   #5
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re: Browser, install, uninstall..............OH MY

Installing firefox, for me, is harder than I thought. I read up on the file type (.tar.gz), but that left me as clueless than I thought. Please help me with the install procedure for firefox in Mandrake.


Thank you,

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Old 02-03-2005, 06:26 PM   #6
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extract the tar.gz file and then run ./firefox-installer from a terminal window.

you may alternatively want to download a prepackaged rpm specifically for mandrake e.g. from http://rpm.pbone.net.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 06:28 PM   #7
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to extract tar.gz files, type the following in a terminal window:

tar -xzvf [firefox .tar.gz filename]

Last edited by dsyd; 02-03-2005 at 08:02 PM.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 07:10 PM   #8
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I ran the tar -xzvf firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz, and got the following.

[rosso@10351281 rosso]$ tar -xzvf firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz
tar (child): firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

Does anyone know what I might have did wrong, and how to get around it or fix it.

Thx,

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Old 02-03-2005, 08:02 PM   #9
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that looks right, perhaps you are not in the same directory as the one you downloaded the installer to?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 10:03 AM   #10
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I finally got firefox up and running. However, now I can't find the icon, which launches firefox. How do I go about finding or creating it?


Thanx,
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:34 AM   #11
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Since you did a manual install, instead of using urpmi, an icon/menu item is not created by default.

First, you have to find where Firefox is. You can use Konqueror if you're not comfortable with the command line. GO to the directory that you installed Firefox from. (Probably named "firefox-installer", IIRC) Inside that directory will probably be a file named "firefox". Double-click on it, and see if it starts up.

Once you have found it, you can add an icon on your desktop easily. Right-click on your desktop, and choose "New --> Link to Application" from the popup menu. In the dialog box that comes up, enter the name you want, like "FireFox". On of the tabs in the dialog has a textbox labeled "Command". In that box, enter the entire file/path string to your executable version of firefox. (I am at work, and don't recall: there might be a "Browse" button you can use to find it like in Windows.) Then click the "OK" button, and you should have a functioning desktop shortcut.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 10:50 AM   #12
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Padma,

thanx, that worked like a charm. However, I can't get the correct firefox icon. But thats no biggy, I can get in it though.


Thanx again

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Old 02-04-2005, 11:04 AM   #13
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You're welcome.

You can change the icon by right-clicking the icon, and selecting "Properties", IIRC. Click on the icon image on the dialog box, and it should popup an "icon-chooser" for you. I don't recall where FF is in that chooser, though, or if it even exists there.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 09:38 PM   #14
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The icons are in a sub folder under firefox. For example
/usr/lib/firefox/icons
Set your link to diplay one of those 2 icons. One is large the other small.
 
  


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