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Old 02-20-2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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Question FireFox - Have I installed it correctly, how can I make a 'shortcut'?


Hi,

Before we start, I only installed RedHat 9 yesterday so I'm a total newbie - please be gental and thorough in explination .

Ok, I downloaded the tar.gz from the FireFox website and unzipped it into a directory. After this, I ran the 'firefox-installer' shell script. It was a graphical installed, and not being sure where exactly to install it... I installed it in the same directory the installer is (/home/james/firefox/firefox-installer).

Now, I've since then launched the shell and ran the 'firefox' shell script in that directory; successfully starting FireFox (although it closes if I close the shell).

Going into the terminal all the time and running that script is becoming slightly annoying so I was wondering if there was a way to make maybe a system wide alias so I could type 'firefox' as I would 'emacs' and it would launch? As an added bonus, is it possible to make a graphical 'shortcut' on my desktop or main menu - and can FireFox run without dependancy on the shell being open?

So many questions hehe, but hey I'm sure it's quite a common thing?

Thanks in advance,
James.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 09:27 AM   #2
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hi there

if you are using kde

right click--->create new--->link to an application

then in the box that come up

in the application tab,browse to ur firefox installer directory and choose the firefox file

then give that a name and an icon in the general tab

and you are done

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Old 02-20-2005, 09:33 AM   #3
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Hi,

It appears I'm not using KDE, as I don't have that option :P. However, I do have the option to create a 'New Launcher' which has a similar set of options.

I decided to try this, so I filled in the various fields with the information they wanted and hit ok... but no icon/shortcut?

It may well have created one somewhere, but I'm not sure where I should be looking if it has as it's not on the desktop or in the main menu!?

Thanks,
James.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 09:51 AM   #4
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what desktop are u using??
 
Old 02-20-2005, 09:53 AM   #5
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Talking ...

Hi,

Looking at the program list, it appears I am using the GNOME desktop?

Thanks,
James.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 10:03 AM   #6
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Hi,

Looking at the program list, it appears I am using the GNOME desktop?

Thanks,
James.
That's true. Gnome is the default redhat/fedora Desktop
create a link to the application. The firefox icons are in <firefox-directory>/icons.

Welcome to Linux world.
 
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in the icons directory i can only see the images for icons like .xpm and .png
 
Old 02-20-2005, 10:11 AM   #8
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Hi,

Yeah, it wants icons with the .png file extension and I added one in the setup form... it didn't seem to do much though?

Also, how easy is it to move to the KDE desktop as I've seen it mentioned alot more frequently than GNOME?

Thanks,
James.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 10:21 AM   #9
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kde has the environment more or like windows so not more problem there
 
Old 02-20-2005, 10:32 AM   #10
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Hi,

I've installed KDE, but how to I stop GNOME and switch to KDE?

Thanks,
James.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 11:10 AM   #11
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run this

switchdesk kde

and u will be running kde by default next time onwards
 
Old 02-20-2005, 11:23 AM   #12
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in the icons directory i can only see the images for icons like .xpm and .png
I mentioned this as an extra info. In the laucher use the path to the firefox executable, /home/james/firefox/firefox-installer/firefox and use the icons of /home/james/firefox/firefox-installer/icons.

Also, in redhat gnome is better than kde.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 11:26 AM   #13
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Also, in redhat gnome is better than kde.
hey lets not fight over this which is better,just we should be happy that we have many options to choose from

regrds
 
Old 02-20-2005, 12:00 PM   #14
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I'm not saying that gnome is better. Personally i like KDE more. But you've used FC2. KDE is awful. All the configuration tools that redhat offers are in gnome, Gnome does have KDE's applications in the the menu, KDE does not have gnome's applications in the menu, some things do not work well in KDE like the sound sometimes ...etc.
I'm not trying to start a flame-war. It's just in most distros the default desktop between kde and gnome works better than the alternative. When i used SUSe i never used gnome and when I used redhat i never used KDE.

If someone likes KDE or Gnome better is just a matter of tast. but It's a fact that in redhat Gnome is better than KDE.
Would you use the default installed gnome in slack 10.1?

Last edited by perfect_circle; 02-20-2005 at 12:03 PM.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 12:07 PM   #15
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Hi,

Right, switching to KDE has successfully allowed me to make a desktop shortcut to FireFox. Personally, I profer the interface and functionality of GNOME but it wouldn't let me add my damned shortcut :P!

I'm gunna switch back to GNOME now and have another shot at the shortcut!

Thanks,
James.
 
  


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