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First of all I would like to thank everyone that responded to my first question. Y'all were a great help. I have downloaded F9 and have gotten it to work. I will have F11 up and working soon.
My current problem is this. I have downloaded Firefox 3.5.2. This is a tar file. I have done some research but I am stumped. I have used the "yum update firefox" command and this has worked. I was able to install FF3.0.11. But I am unable to update to the most current version. I have looked on the various forums for answers. My problem is that the people responding to the questions assume that the questioner has some in depth knowledge. Right now I do not fall into this category. Can anyone give me a straight forward approach on how to accomplish this. Please keep in mind that you are dealing with someone that is very new to this and be as detailed as possible.
Firefox 3.5.x worked in first try on my Fedora 9.
Easy to try out : Unpack in /home/'username'
... or just click the 'firefox' script.
Same method for the latest Thunderbird.
( I haven't tested Thunderbird.)
When I type (from superuser prompt): "yum update firefox*" or "yum upgrade firefox*", I get only Firefox 3.5.2. But Mozilla is already up to 3.5.3 and recommending that. So why doesn't yum catch this? Do I really have to download from Mozilla direct? What are we supposed to do with a tar.bz2 file? I hope they don't expect us to do a build.
Or wait some hours , and the repo has it.
EDIT EDIT : Is in the Fedora 11 repo now.
Got 3.5.3 with # yum install firefox .
I've been pinging back and forth between yum and System:Administration:Software Update so often, I'm not sure how I got it, but I finally got Firefox 3.5.3. I think it was Software Update that did it.
Why am I pining back and forth so much, you wonder? It is because my first attempt to update, using Software Update from the GUI, looked like it hung. I eventually gave up on it completley, and did "yum upgrade" as root. That took a long time too, but at least it gave plausible progress indications, and I was pleased to find Firefox 3.5.3 intact, and even Software Update agreeing that everything was up to date -- after I rebooted Fedora.
So thanks for the clarification, but I did not need to use the tarball after all.