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Before trying that, I deleted everything in the /usr/local/mozilla directory, then changed the ownership and group of the directory to my user account. Then I installed mozilla again without switching to root first. All to no avail. Even when it is installed from my user account, I need to switch to root in order to use it.
Cricket, I have this exact same problem - I can only get mozilla to run as root - where is the .mozilla directory that your preferences are stored in? I take it that you just changed the group to users? I'm quite new to linux and am only just getting to grips with file permissions, and this has been one of my nagging problems!