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Old 12-26-2006, 03:58 AM   #1
daisymorrigan
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Question How do I install firefox 2.0 in ubuntu?


I downloaded it, I now have an icon on my desktop, but there are no instructions at all when I click on it as to how I am supposed to get it to run. Do I go into the terminal, and if so, what do I do?

My computer has all the recommended system reguirements, so I don't understand what I need to do. Can someone please help me with this?

Thanks so much.
Daisy
 
Old 12-26-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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If you have the latest Ubuntu (6.10 at the time of writing), the easiest way is probably to install it using apt:
Code:
sudo apt-get install firefox
Or if "firefox" installs version 1.5, try "firefox-2" or "firefox2" or something instead. Or just run synaptic which is a graphical front-end for apt, search for "firefox" and install the appropriate package.

Another way is to download the archive from mozilla's site and extract it: open a terminal and use cd command to get into the directory where the downloaded archive is. Then unarchive it:
Code:
tar -xzvf firefox-2.0.0.1.tar.gz
(change the filename if needed). After this move in to the directory with cd command and try running the executable inside:
Code:
./firefox-bin
(or change the filename if needed).

That works if it works; if you get errors of missing library files, you would need to copy or link the appropriate lib files, which are inside the directory where the executable is, to your system's library directory, but in some cases it "just works" from there. I still prefer the apt/synaptic-way, it makes the process of updating it a lot easier.
 
Old 12-26-2006, 07:31 AM   #3
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If you install to your home directory by the tar command, only that user will be able to run firefox. I would suggest you make a directory under /usr and copy the tar file there as root, and run the tar command as root. In Ubuntu, unless you enable the root user, you have to use 'sudo' on each command form the command line.

I don't think you will find version 2 of Firefox through the package manager. So the only way to get newer versions, is to download the tar binary package, and untar it where you want it. That is the way I always do it, because the package managers are always a long way behind current release.
 
Old 12-26-2006, 12:17 PM   #4
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Ubuntu 6.10 has Firefox 2.0 preinstalled, on Dapper Drake it's 1.5 . If you download the file from Mozilla you will have to do the integration stuff, there is no installer for it (shortcuts, menu entries, file associations, etc.).
 
Old 12-26-2006, 01:07 PM   #5
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I should have specified...I have ubuntu 6.06...I want to upgrade firefox to the 2.0 version. My system came with 1.5.

I tried the commands you gave, Bouncer, and they didn't work, probably because i have an older distro?
 
Old 12-26-2006, 01:19 PM   #6
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Well then you have to install manually. I just found a guide
 
Old 12-26-2006, 02:46 PM   #7
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thanks. i'll try it out and let you know how it goes.

Daisy
 
Old 12-26-2006, 03:07 PM   #8
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In bouncer's post, I think you have to do ./firefox not ./firefox-bin

Daisy;
What was the error when you tried to install per bouncer's instructions?
 
Old 12-28-2006, 07:19 PM   #9
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I didn't install it...a friend suggested waiting until there is a synaptic version. Thanks for all your help and support!

Daisy
 
Old 12-31-2006, 10:04 PM   #10
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Ok Daisy try this link out and see if it helps. I tried it and followed the instructions for manually installing the update and it worked so well it scared me. Hope it helps.
 
Old 12-31-2006, 11:04 PM   #11
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In Debian, I did essentially the following. Should work for Ubuntu I'd think.

1. Figure out where the system had installed firefox. It's an executable called firefox in the directory /usr/lib/firefox

2. Download firefox 2.0.0.1 from mozilla and untar it

3. Uninstall the firefox that came with Debian.

4. Move the untarred firefox directory to /usr/lib

5. Run firefox - didn't work, so I opened a gnome terminal and went to usr/lib/firefox to run it with ./firefox It complained of missing libstdc++5.so if I recall correctly.

6. Install libstdc++5. Don't worry, it won't conflict with libstdc++6

7. Try ./firefox again from /usr/lib/firefox. Works just fine.

8. Fixup the icon in the gnome panel with the new one from the firefox/icons directory.
 
  


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