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Hey guys, I hope I'm in the right section, if I'm not, please forgive me, I just installed Debian 5.0, and I want to install firefox, and then install graphics drivers, etc, I downloaded firefox, but I don't know how to compile programs from source, I googled how to compile firefox but the results are very vague and some are very outdated. I downloaded FF from their site, the file name is firefox-3.5.5.tar.bz2, how do I compile this?
you have to untar it then type ./configure && make && makeinstall && firefox
on the terminal in the directory you untared it to.
That won't work.
Here's a quote as to why:
Note: The installation file provided by Mozilla in .tar.bz2 format does not contain sources but pre-compiled binary files, therefore you can simply unpack and run them. There is no need to compile the program from source if all the system requirements are met.
Also,did you know Debian has an unbranded version of FF in its repositories called Iceweasel?.
Yeah, you're right, I was able to open Firefox without having to do anything, also the reason why I wasn't using Iceweasel is because I wasn't sure that a plugin would work, Quake Live only supports Firefox, but I was able to get that to work without doing anything I would have to do in Firefox, thanks a lot for helping me Also, the link in your signature for installing Nvidia drivers helped me a lot, thanks
I was a big fan of iceweasel for quite a while but then I realized Firefox runs a helluva lot more smoothly and uses way less ram/cpu. Gotta love the about:iceweasel info in iceweasel 3.5.5 though.
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:220.127.116.11) Gecko/20091028 Iceweasel/3.5.5 (like Firefox/3.5.5; Debian-3.5.5-1) lol
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20091102 Firefox/3.5.5 wonders how iceweasel 3.5.5 was built before firefox 3.5.5 was.