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Old 02-16-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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How to update Mozilla firefox in linux


Please forgive but I am so not computer savvy and having such a hard time with my new netbook and linux os. i do not even know what version I have. It took googling just to figure out how to use recovery dvd on my asus 701 pc. Anyway now that I figured that out I need some help with updating Mozilla. When I open my web browser it says I have old version and need to update, but when I click on update it brings me a window that says save to disk, open(browse) with such few options as main one being my documents, I have no idea as to how to get this to update and I cannot use some things because of having the old mozilla version. Would so appreciate some help.. And if possible a step by step explanation. Thanks
 
Old 02-16-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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The file you downloaded and saved is the new update, since you're not that computer savvy, probably the best thing for you to do is to open your file explorer and navigate to the location that you saved the file to (probably your documents directory). Once there, double-click on the file and it should start the upgrade process with very little input from yourself.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 01:48 PM   #3
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Sorry for a possibly bad answer above but the updated files could also be a compressed file. So in order to install/update firefox, you should decompress the file (unzip more than likely) or go to http://getfirefox.com/releases/ and follow the information they have there.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 04:02 PM   #4
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It's better to use your package manager.

If this is an Acer netbook, it probably came with Linpus. I recommend you get rid of it and install a decent, easy to use distro such as Ubuntu or Mint.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #5
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It's better to use your package manager.
He is (obviously) 100% correct. This will ensure everything happens as necessary.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 06:30 PM   #6
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It's better to use your package manager.

If this is an Acer netbook, it probably came with Linpus. I recommend you get rid of it and install a decent, easy to use distro such as Ubuntu or Mint.
If you want to find out what linux you have on the netbook, try this:
Open a terminal: Press ALT+F2 and then type gnome-terminal (assuming desktop environment you have is gnome)
In the terminal type these:
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cat /etc/issue
cat /proc/version
This will print info related to your OS.

As MTK358 said, package manager is the safest way to update/install softwares including firefox. Different distros use different package managers.
However, if you want to update/install firefox manually, there is little guide at mozilla's page: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/...x%20on%20Linux
 
Old 02-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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AFAIK Linpus does not use GNOME. Try xterm instead of gnome-terminal.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 07:36 PM   #8
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How to update mozilla in linux

I have come to realize that the download is in my documents and it is a zip file which i did figure out that it will allow me to extract, if that is what I need to do so I think my next question is, where do i choose to extract the file to. I am sooo confused and I feel so stupid right now. I am reading all of my replys and it is like reading another language, please forgiveand thank you for responding. This is sooo not easy.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #9
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Also just to say that this is an Asus 701 netbook. Thanks again
 
Old 02-16-2011, 07:58 PM   #10
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Also just to say that this is an Asus 701 netbook. Thanks again
That doesn't help us in any way. We need to know the distro.

As somesphr already said, open a terminal and post the output of these commands:

Code:
cat /etc/issue
cat /proc/version
 
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Ok, sorry, so here is my next question, how do I open a terminal and exactly what is a terminal?
 
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Ok, sorry, so here is my next question, how do I open a terminal and exactly what is a terminal?
You open a terminal from the menu that you use to open anything else.

A terminal is kind of comparable to the command prompt in Windows, but its commands and syntax are very different.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #13
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Ok, sorry, so here is my next question, how do I open a terminal and exactly what is a terminal?
As the name suggests, a terminal is where things have their endpoints; their beginnings and endings. At an airport, terminals are where the journeys of aircraft begin and end. In this case, we're talking about the streams of input and output on your machine. Your keyboard, mouse, and monitor form a terminal.

In this specific case, we're talking about an x-term; a window opened in your DE for issuing commands and seeing the output.
 
Old 02-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #14
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I never could get a concrete answer on this topic. Usually is not worth it.

I assume you want a new version of Firefox and not an update that your O.S does. If your O.S will update your browser as far as security issues this would be done when you update your O.S in general. There is usually a user interface that includes boxes to check as which update to preform so you will have to research how this is accomplished with your own O.S. With Mandriva and Fedora it is part of your install software or (whatever) window menu. It appears that the majority of Linux users reinstall their whole O.S to get a newer version of Firefox. You don't have to do this but it is just another reason to have the latest version of their favorite O.S. You could try to install a new version but it might use (probably use) files from your old version. You would have to insure that it could only access the newer files which is to complicated for a novice and not worth it anyway. I would only consider updating Firefox because a newer use of java script is crashing it. Usually add-ons crash it so disable these if you can live without them.

Opera comes in a (RPM file) which means if your particular Linux O.S. (Distro) uses RPM files , you download the one file , maybe from (Pbone) and you right click onto the file icon and a menu appears to install, easy solution.I have problems with Opera's turbo option so you might want to switch it off. Opera may be offered by your package manager as well which would be even better.

After you have Opera and a backup browser anyway, you could attempt to un-install your current Ff with your package manager. The packager manager will remove All of Ff's files so a new install will not use old Ff files. Installing Opera Browser is a good idea anyway in my opinion. I prefer Ff but Opera has become my goto browser over the years. There is also Seamonkey and Epiphany but garbage sites that push the latest version of java script won't allow you access like MySpace.

You could help us out and post a link to the link that your browser opens that states that you have an outdated version as well. To find the (Terminal) with the Gnome desktop, go to the upper left corner of your screen left click (Applications) Goto System Tools and then left click (Terminal), The Terminal is like a text editor (slimmed down word-processor) that allows you to input commands to your operating system. If you copy, paste , and then press enter,the code that MTK358 has offered will state Which version of Linux you are using.

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Ok so I turn the netbook on and then it starts up and goes to the desktop with all of the icons on it to choose what I want do do, I truly still do not understand, where in the screen would I open this terminal.
 
  


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