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Old 07-21-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
dave1310
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Install Firefox (or anything) on Fedora Core 2


NEW linux user; just did Red Hat Linux (Fedora Core 2) install. It's the only OC on the machine. Boots and everything seems to work just fine. Everything but the operator, that is!

I want to install FireFox and Thunderbird and AVG (free) antivirus so I first went to the Mozilla site for a download, only to discover that the best way to install is as part of a Package Manager.

Fair enough - but what is a package manager? Part of the distro? Where do I get one for these items?

UPDATE - I figured out the Package manager thing and no , FireFox is not an option, nor is Thunderbird or any antivirus.

If I can't get a package manager, the site tells me that I can install with me as the only user by downloading and typing in a couple of commands (Unzip and run, I think). But I get a report that I need a something or other file (library?) for it to run. How do I find that file and why would I be the only user? Surely as root I can set it up for all users can't I?

I guess the short(er) question is: How does a new user download and install a program onto a new setup without a package manager?

Question 2 - this install is for a class and the instructor wants screen prints as proof I'm doing certain operations. How do I get a screen print of, say, a history listing and can I save the screen print or view into a file for submission?

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:09 AM   #2
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I guess the short(er) question is: How does a new user download and install a program onto a new setup without a package manager?
See if this blog of mine helps you somehow w.r.t firefox:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...eginners-2670/
 
Old 07-21-2010, 02:16 AM   #3
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For other softwares:
1. You can download the desired tar ball in your home folder from here: http://linux.softpedia.com/
2. Then execute the following one by one
Code:
tar -xf fileName.tar.bz2
cd fileName
./configure
make
sudo -s
make install
 
Old 07-21-2010, 05:15 AM   #4
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The class is using fedora 2 which is ancient. You should really be using Fedora 13 .

Fedora Project
http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora
 
Old 07-21-2010, 07:23 AM   #5
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Please use the default font size for posts---use larger fonts only to highlight something. (I changed the original post.)

As stated, Fedora 2 is very much obsolete---much better to use something more current.

If you have to use Fedora 2 and install FF manually, then you will have to track down and install the missing library. Just plug the exact name into a Google search.
 
Old 07-21-2010, 05:55 PM   #6
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See if this blog of mine helps you somehow w.r.t firefox:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...eginners-2670/
Thanks, I will give this a try. :-)
 
Old 07-21-2010, 06:02 PM   #7
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Please use the default font size for posts---use larger fonts only to highlight something. (I changed the original post.)

As stated, Fedora 2 is very much obsolete---much better to use something more current.

If you have to use Fedora 2 and install FF manually, then you will have to track down and install the missing library. Just plug the exact name into a Google search.
Sorrty about the font size. I'm sure that is clearly stated somewhere, which means that I violated something which will result in a penalty sometime. Anyhow, I see the point and agree.

No option on the fore 2 I guess. Distributed with the textbook and I don't know whether a different distro would jib with the text. ??

How to do the screen print thing for class? Can I save it into a file? This is an on-line class; 1,400 miles to deliver printouts!
 
Old 07-21-2010, 06:06 PM   #8
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for a class
drop it and get your cash back

fedora 2
NOTHING new or even current will run on it .
there have been NO software updates to it since it hit it's END OF LIFE in july 2005
it is 5 years OUT OF DATE


it will be IMPOSABLE to install firefox 3 on ti . firefox 2 might not even work

and as for the package manager
forget it . You might as will uninstall yum because NOTHING will install with it
the very very old software repos were moved to the historical archives a long time ago

have your teacher ( if you can even cal them that -- installing a dead os -- they are NOT TEACHERS ) have you install a SUPPORTED operating system
like the FREE CentOS 5.5 !!!!

- rant over --
seriously GET YOUR CASH BACK !!!!

but this " might help"
Repository configuration for older Fedora releases.
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=221471

BUT no new software will install on fedora 2 nor will fedora 2 install on new hardware -- NO raid or sata support

if you must use the antique fedora 2 install it on a computer that is 5 to 7 years old and do not even try to install it on a new-ish laptop.

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Old 07-22-2010, 01:16 AM   #9
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Thanks, I will give this a try. :-)
Before giving it a try, I request that you match the "System requirements" link shown in my blog with your computer.
 
Old 07-22-2010, 11:15 AM   #10
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I wholeheartedly agree with John VV. If you can, drop the class and hopefully find another. Using something as old as Fedora Core 2 is ridiculous in light of the fact that you can get new systems for free and have support for them. I can't imagine why your teacher would use a system that old unless s/he is familiar with it and does not want to spend the effort to update his/her knowledge.
 
  


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