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I dont know if you did this or not , but did you cd to the new directory created after u umcompressed the tar ball?
tar -xvzf firefox.tar.gz\
this will umcompress and create a directory probably called firefox
Not sure if this is Debian specific, but I just type in:
And then Firefox appears in the menus. But that's using the Gnome desktop.
Otherwise, you can make a shortcut on your desktop. Just right-click and select the appropriately named entry (probably something like create launcher in Gnome), then make sure you specify that it's an application. You can even find an icon for Firefox.
Originally posted by Boby
To install Firefox systemwide you have to install it as root, somewhere like /usr/lib or /usr/local.
I am also a newbie, running a Mandrake 10.0. I followed your instructions and Firefox is now succesfully installed in /usd/lib, but I noticed that the system did not install any links in the menu.
Is there a straight forward (I mean something that you run as a one-off as root) way of creating the relevant shortcut and icon in the menu (e.g. Internet -> Web Browsers -> Firefox)? All other browsers installed with the system, such as Konqueror and Mozilla are there.
With "systemwide" [installed by root] I mean that it can be run by all users, 'cause if you install it as user "x" it can't be used by user "y".
What window manager are you using?
I'm using KDE under Fedora Core2. Usually the KMenu is updated when you install from RPM's.
I'm not sure if this is the same like in Mandrake but go: Control Center >> Desktop >> Panels >> Menus >> Edit KMenu
There you can select new applications.
To put a shortcut on you desktop: right click >> Create new >> File >> Link to application
I have been playing around since then, and I found the solution. You can update the system menu in KDE as root, and the modification will appear in the menu of all users. Then whomever is interested can modify their personal desktop by dragging the link where they want and choosing "copy here".
Originally posted by snakeo2 Hi cab, whats the command you used to update the menu?? thanks in advance
Very easy (I used the Mandrake KDE menu):
Go to the Start menu > System > Configure your computer. The system asks you for the root password, then you choose to configure the desktop menu. Once you update it, the links will appear in all users menu. I believe that there must even be a way of adding desktop icons in one go, but I haven't found out how, yet.