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5sugarnoodle2 03-13-2010 06:28 PM

trouble installing firefox 3.6
 
I've downloaded firefox 3.6 to my downloads folder but I simply don't understand how to install it. Been trying for four hours. Does it install automatically? I tried opening it by clicking the "open" option in the downloads window but nothing happens. I don't know how to write code. I don't know what a terminal is. I've never downloaded a program (former mac user)that doesn't have an install option that installs automatically.Maybe I'm downloading to the wrong folder?

raju.mopidevi 03-13-2010 06:34 PM

Hi welcome to LinuxQuestions !
to install latest version of firefox manually follow this

raju.mopidevi 03-13-2010 06:36 PM

You can also install via package manager, but it may or may install latest version.

If you got any problem post here.

Mara 03-14-2010 02:42 PM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

Mara 03-14-2010 02:44 PM

Have you tried to double-click the file in a file manager. For this to work you may need to make the file executable: right click on the file, choose Properties, then search for a tab on permissions and make sure it is executable by the user (owner).

snowpine 03-14-2010 02:52 PM

Welcome to the forums! Which Linux distribution are you using? Most distros have an "update manager" or "package manager" that you can use to update your system using tested and trusted software sources. This is the best feature of Linux, IMHO. Downloading installers from the internet and double-clicking them on your desktop is a bad habit to get into.

5sugarnoodle2 03-14-2010 07:36 PM

snowpine; what are the trusted and trusted software sources for obtaining an upgrade to my firefox 2.0.0.14 browser? 5sugarnoodle2

snowpine 03-14-2010 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5sugarnoodle2 (Post 3898308)
snowpine; what are the trusted and trusted software sources for obtaining an upgrade to my firefox 2.0.0.14 browser? 5sugarnoodle2

It is impossible to answer that question without knowing which Linux distribution you're using. :)

raju.mopidevi 03-14-2010 08:14 PM

@5sugarnoodle2 ; trusted software source for firefox ? won't you trust firefox developers ? download firefox software source from mozilla site.
snowpine is saying about package manager in post #6
i.e. instead of manual installing, package manager can be used. But repositories that you are giving for packagemanager must be trusted repostories.

Quakeboy02 03-14-2010 08:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5sugarnoodle2 (Post 3897240)
I've downloaded firefox 3.6 to my downloads folder but I simply don't understand how to install it. Been trying for four hours. Does it install automatically? I tried opening it by clicking the "open" option in the downloads window but nothing happens. I don't know how to write code. I don't know what a terminal is. I've never downloaded a program (former mac user)that doesn't have an install option that installs automatically.Maybe I'm downloading to the wrong folder?

There's no "installing" to be done, assuming you unpacked the tarball. So, what do you have? The file available from firefox is "firefox-3.6.tar.bz2". If you opened that with a "download manager" and extracted it, then you have a folder somewhere. Did you extract it to some new folder you created, or just extract it "in place"?

If you just downloaded the file, then you have to uncompress it and then untar it to get the directory. To do this, first open a terminal, go to whatever location you downloaded it to and type "bunzip2 firefox-3.6.tar.bz2". That will give you a file named "firefox-3.6.tar". To convert that into the directory structure I mentioned above, type "tar -xf firefox-3.6.tar". That will give you a directory tree that starts with "firefox". Rename that to firefox-3.6 and move it to wherever you want it to permanently reside. Yes, you can do these two steps with one command, but I'm not sure you're ready for that at this point.

OK, now you have the new firefox folder. Still in the terminal, go into that folder using "cd firefox-3.6". Once there, type "./firefox" and the new firefox should run. If not, you've probably gotten lost somewhere along the way. Post back and let me know.

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TheIndependentAquarius 03-14-2010 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5sugarnoodle2
I've downloaded firefox 3.6 to my downloads folder but I simply don't understand how to install it.

If what you have downloaded has an extension of tar.bz2, then see following steps:

Save it in your home folder:

Open Konsole. Copy paste the EXACT following line on your shell prompt!
Code:

tar -xf firefox-3.6.tar.bz2
The above code shall untar the compressed firefox tar ball in your home folder and store it automatically in a folder named firefox

Copy paste the EXACT following lines one by one on your shell prompt!
Code:

su
cd /usr/bin
rm firefox
ln -s /home/<your_username>/firefox/firefox .

Now type firefox on the terminal and tell the results!

EDIT________________________________
I forgot to add the red-colored code above !
EDIT________________________________

kingston 03-15-2010 12:26 AM

yes...there is no "installation" is required...i did the samething as they (anisha & quakeboy) told. I have upgraded from the default version firefox 1.5 to firefox 3.6. It will work ....It should work

TheIndependentAquarius 03-16-2010 12:20 AM

5sugarnoodle2,

Hello,

You mailed me saying "it just won't work" !
I assume you were talking about my post no. 11.

Would you be kind enough to post HERE the **exact** error messages you received while following my procedure ?

Sayan Acharjee 03-16-2010 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anishakaul (Post 3898500)
If what you have downloaded has an extension of tar.bz2, then see following steps:

Save it in your home folder:

Open Konsole. Copy paste the EXACT following line on your shell prompt!
Code:

tar -xf firefox-3.6.tar.bz2
The above code shall untar the compressed firefox tar ball in your home folder and store it automatically in a folder named firefox

Copy paste the EXACT following lines one by one on your shell prompt!
Code:

su
cd /usr/bin
ln -s /home/<your_username>/firefox/firefox .

Now type firefox on the terminal and tell the results!

I have tried this method but failed the error message is:

Quote:

/root/firefox/firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpangocairo-1.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
I have tried this in Fedora core 4 (which is pretty old), may be thats why its not working. :D

TheIndependentAquarius 03-16-2010 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sayan_acharjee
/root/firefox/firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpangocairo-1.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You didn't read this probably : http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox...uirements.html

Following is mentioned on that page:
Quote:

Linux
Software Requirements

Please note that Linux distributors may provide packages for your distribution which have different requirements.

* Firefox will not run at all without the following libraries or packages:
o GTK+ 2.10 or higher
o GLib 2.12 or higher
o Pango 1.14 or higher
o X.Org 1.0 or higher
* For optimal functionality, we recommend the following libraries or packages:
o NetworkManager 0.7 or higher
o DBus 1.0 or higher
o HAL 0.5.8 or higher
o GNOME 2.16 or higher


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