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Old 04-20-2006, 06:48 AM   #1
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How to get a internet browser?


Hello,

After some trouble i succesfully installed Linux Slackware (latest version from their site). At the moment i am trying to get internet running on Linux. with the slackware package i thought there would be a "standard" internet browser and indeed when i use "startx" i find a button to start Netscape Navigator, however when i click on it nothing happens. In some log file it says it can't find the file where the button should point to.

Someone tolled me that I do have standard packages with lots of usefull programms (like the refered internet browser) but that i have to tell Linux to install these first using a "programm manager".
Can anyone comfirm this? and tell me how i run it? After i have a working internet browser i hope to check if my internet already works after the little network configuration i have done. But so far i do not have a clue on how to get at least a working browser :s.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 06:54 AM   #2
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have you tried firefox or konqueror?

are you kidding?
 
Old 04-20-2006, 06:58 AM   #3
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No i am not! i have Linux for 1 day now and on my linux partition there is no internet browser as far as i can find or start one. How can i try firefox when i don't have a internet browser through which i can download it? I just verified that i do have a ip addres and that i can ping but how can i start or install any browser without internet????
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:00 AM   #4
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Web browsers, and any program can be installed using "package managers" or can be installed from source. Netscape should be installed, but there is a chance that it may not be.

You can press Alt+F2 to run a program. Just type netscape or mozilla and see what happens.

Firefox would probably be the simplest browser to install, as you can simply download it, uncompress it, and run it.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Personally, I wouldn't recommend slackware for a total newbie, you might want to try out ubuntu or something. But if you want to stick to slackware, then you could probably buy a book on linux. Just a suggestion.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:00 AM   #5
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So i can't start a internet browser with linux and as far as i can see there is none installed at the moment.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:05 AM   #6
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I find it hard to believe there is no browser.. but here is the link to download Mozilla Firefox.

Download it using wget in the Command Line Interface.

Here is how you should do it:

Code:
wget http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-1.5.0.2&os=linux&lang=en-US
it's the english version of mozilla firefox 1.5.0.2

Then when downloaded unpack :

tar -zxvf firefox-1.5.0.2.tar.gz

then install following the instructions in the included readme..

Last edited by puntjuh; 04-20-2006 at 07:08 AM.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:05 AM   #7
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Ok, so i guess i shouldn't use slackware then . Anyway i tried "netscape" and bash reported command not found. Mozilla however did give a reaction and returned following error: (mozilla-bin:2363): GTK-WARNING **: cannot open display:
Well i suppose i need to start mozilla when i run "startx" or so but i can't find mozilla through the windowing system.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:08 AM   #8
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i downloaded firefox with the command you gave and that works, so my connection is ok, now i still need to get my browser succesfully started :S
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:11 AM   #9
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while trying to unpack with: tar zxvf firefox-1.5.0.2.tar.gz
It says Cannot open: no such file or directory
and it stops.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:15 AM   #10
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Ok i am sorry for making a complete mess of this thread but i tried starting mozilla (gave error) and i found out firefox was already installed because after trying both these commands i get the same error:
(mozilla-bin:2363): GTK-WARNING **: cannot open display:
(firefox-bin:2397): GTK-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Whats is wrong?
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:16 AM   #11
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Type ls to list the files in the directory. You will (hopefully) see something similar to firefox-1.5

Now type tar -zxvf firefox-(whatever_the_name_is)

Remember that firefox and mozilla can bu run only in a window manager, as they need the X server running.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:19 AM   #12
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Make sure you are in the correct directory where it downloaded it too. check with command: ls

if it isn't there.. do this

Code:
find / -name firefox-1.5.0.2.tar.gz

then it will search for the file through the computer. And when it's found then cd to that directory. and do the tar -zxvf thing again.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:26 AM   #13
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if you did a full install of slackware firefox should be there.

when it boots log in as root.

type "adduser" and created a user account.

log out of root and in as your new user.

Type "xwmconfig"

select KDE as your default.

now type "startx"

then when KDE starts, click the K button and firefox is right there under "internet". click on it...


if you didn't select install all packages when you installed, it maybe it would be easier to do that.
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:33 AM   #14
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the ls command shows me the downloaded firefox file as following:
Firefox\ Setup\ 1.5.0.2.exe
Searching for firefox-1.5.0.2.tar.gz gives no match and therefor the -zxvf reports that it can't find the directory.
Did i download the wrong install file? i used the exact command specified above with wget.

After installation will a firefox button appear in my window manager? because i can use the commands mozilla and firefox in the console already but then it wont work because i need to run it in the window manager. But there is no console to give these commands in my window manager?
 
Old 04-20-2006, 07:38 AM   #15
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You downloaded the wrong firefox by the looks of things, .exe is a windows executable, dont know how you got that, the wget link looks fine.

It may appear in the window manager if not you must open a terminal IN x you are getting the error about display because you are running it before starting X?

start x, alt-f2 then konqueror, xterm,eterm,aterm whatever
 
  


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