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Ok, start up your package manager:
1) From the menu bar, select System Settings -> Packages
2) It'll ask for root's password
3) Under the Application group, select "details" for Graphical Internet
4) Scroll down and uncheck everything regarding mozilla
5) Click Update
6) Click Quit
Now, you need to go and reinstall mozilla 1.2.1. Go to the command line, "su" to root, and run through the make, make install steps again. Then you should be able to kick off mozilla like normal.
As for having it become the "default" browser, I haven't really looked into that myself. I would guess you need to snoop around in the file association stuff:
menu bar -> preferences -> file types and programs
I dont know about "default browser" like in windows.But you can have Mozilla start automatically ,depending on what you use to connect.Both kinternet and kppp will start Mozilla whenever you connect if you tell it to.
In kinternet you right click the icon,go to settings and choose "execute script"and type mozilla.
In kppp you have a setting where you enter the command mozilla.
Typing "su -" at a terminal doesn't give you root access everywhere; it gives you root access in that terminal. So, if you were to launch an application from the menu, then you would be launching it as a regular user. When programs are started, they inherit the permissions of the user that started them. In this case, the Gnome environment still sees you as a regular user, and give Mozilla those permissions. Now, if you were to start mozilla from the command line AFTER issuing "su -", then mozilla would be started with root permissions. So, that's what you need to do. From the command line, type "mozilla", download and install the plugin, exit mozilla, and then exit from su on the command line.