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I am pretty much helpless when it comes to Linux, but I'm learning.
I downloaded a package called "firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz". I extracted the file and opened up the new extracted folder. I don't know how to install if it's not rpm. So I went to mozilla.org/ products/ firefox/ releases/ #install and followed the directions under the heading: Linux/GTK2.
Per the directions, I opened the terminal while in that folder and typed: "./firefox-installer". This opened up the graphical installer and just followed everything the installer suggested. Everything seemed to go fine.
Now that the program is installed supposedly, how do I run it? There's no icon in the Kmenu (I'm using KDE 3.2 on MDK 10.1). And there's no desktop icon. So I went to the folder it installed into (file:/home/toonses82/Downloads/firefox-installer) and tried to just double click some of the icons that I thought might be the program. I figure once I find that, I can just manually make a link in the Kmenu. But I can't seem to find the program itself.
What am I doing wrong here? My goal is to be able to open the Kmenu and select "Firefox" and have the browser open up. Please let me know where I'm going wrong and have mercy on a recovering Windows user.
Don't worry about being new, you'll learn from experience as it takes time to get the complexity of it all down. As long as you keep putting effort in you'll keep learning.
As for firefox, fire up an xterm/konsole,gnome-terminal or whatever you have handy and execute the following commands:
you can use the TAB key to autocomplete words after a few characters have been entered
should start firefox up for you. Notice the "./" before the firefox command. This tells the shell that firefox resides in the directory it is currently in. To add a desktop Icon, right click the desktop and pick create link to application. Fill out the name, enter /home/toonses82/Downloads/firefox-installer/firefox for the command entry and click the icon button, navigate to the firefox-installer directory, choose the icons folder, and pick an icon for your desktop.
you try just typing 'firefox' at the console? or type 'whereis firefox', which should list a couple folders where firefox installed some files... try typing 'cd ' and the path that shows up from the 'whereis' command, then type as suggested './firefox'. there will probably be 2 or 3 paths that are outputted from the 'whereis' command.
run the firefox-installer again and note where it says it will install it ( I told you wrong as the default is probably /home/toonses82/firefox-installer). the firefox script you need to run is in that directory.
Delete any firefox folders in your home folder, redownload the installer, and when you go through tell it to install to /home/yourname/firefox, not where it defaults to, and then finish the installation. Then close the xterm and reopen it, and then type this.