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I would install to a different directory (I usually put stuff that didn't come from a package manager into the /opt directory). You'll probably have to manually symlink the new firefox to the java install directory and the flash directory.
I don't know how you guys did it, but I run Sabayon Linux right now. All I did was download the .tar file for 2.0, unzipped it and it created a new folder titled "firefox". I just went to a terminal, typed "whereis firefox" and it told me my executable (for my old version of firefox) was in /usr/bin. So, I went there, opened /usr/bin/firefox with kwrite, and I found this: "export MOZILLA_LIBDIR=/opt/firefox" So, I just went to /opt and cut and pasted the "firefox" folder for 1.5 to the desktop (in case something should go wrong)and cut and pasted the 2.0 folder with the same name ("firefox") to /opt. After I restarted KDE, everything worked perfectly (plugins and all!) under 2.0!
1.) Download the tarball
2.) Extract it to you Desktop
3.) Install: libstdc++.s0 from the install/remove software application
4.) Open a terminal in superuser
5.) Create a new directory
6.) Move all the files to the new directory
7.) execute: ./firefox, this creates the new version of firefox
This created the new version of firefox. You should get new welcome screen.
I went back to the Desktop and selected the open browser icon and firefox-2.0 start up. I was also given a message the version 188.8.131.52 had been terminated and ask if I wanted to recover. Answer no, then it asks if you version 2.0 to be your default browser, answer yes.
I have my firefox-2.0 browser running after all of these steps were completed.
what really matter to me is that "is it possible to retain the flash plugin and java
plugin without reinstalling them ? "
Thank you !
My install kept my plugins, bookmarks, everything, as they are stored in a different place. The way that I intalled it, the only thing that changes are the files needed to run the application (I.e. NOT the bookmarks, plugins, etc). Everything worked flawlessly...