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What you have is known as a precompiled binary. It's all right there, nothing to 'install'. You can copy the entire directory to a world readable location, such as:
And then symlink the MozillaFirebird executable to /usr/local/bin with:
ln -sf /usr/local/firebird/MozillaFirebird /usr/local/bin
And finally be able to execute it by just typing:
Alternatively, you can shorten the symlinked name for ease of use:
ln -sf /usr/local/firebird/MozillaFirebird /usr/local/bin/firebird
And then launch it:
Definitely different, but that's what I'd expect from a different OS
As for the shortcut, you can do whatever you'd like. If you wanna make the symlink, then the desktop shortcut, I think that'd be more 'traditional'. But you can just make a desktop shortcut that points directly to the binary executable, no problem with that, just use the full path to the file.
No, you don't have to type that in every time, that's just to test if your symlinked worked or not, from that point on, you can just launch it as you would any other application.
I read the previous lines and tried what you wrote down. The only difference is that I used MozillaFirebird. Everything went well till the program starting.
It starts when I type MozillaFirebird, but when I have an opened window, and try to run another with the desktop shortcut it comes up with a window that he would like me to use an other profile, cause the default is in use.
I got the same error with netscapes and mozillas. If the OS installs them by default (but they are so old) nothing is wrong. But when I try to install I can not run more than 1 without creating an other profile.
Mozilla Firebird is a tabbed browser. That means you don't have to restart the program to open a new window, just right-click on the link and choose "Open in a new Window", or "open in a new Tab". Or copy the link location from wherever you're getting it from (like your mail program for instance), go to the File menu in your current instance of Firebird and open a new tab or window from there, paste the link into the Location bar and go.
Or if you really want to run two or more instances of Mozilla (Firebird), then create a new profile so that you have one to choose when the Profile Manager pops up. There's a "Manage Profiles" button on the main window that will allow you to do so.
I would also like to say that the reason that Firebird installs differently than Windows (or Linux, in fact) is not because of any difference between Windows and Linux.
It is because Firebird isn't finished yet. For those of you who might have used Phoenix before it became Firebird, you will remember that even under Windows, all you had to do was extract the .zip file and then run the .exe-- it was never "installed" in the normal sense either.
The browser is still a work-in-progress, and a "proper" installer for either Windows or Linux is not an item of the highest priority.
"tabbing" isn't a new thing to me. The reason why I changed to opera in the early times that the explorer didn't knew this.
but this is only a roundabout process and does not work in every situation (e.g. my working computer in the school, firebird can't be run on it without crash - I've tried several versions I think this is an OS bug)
the same thing comes up with the netscapes
I use a suselinux 8.0. If I let him install it's own version of netscape (wich is so old) everything works and there s no need of any profiles. I examindex the link witch he created on the desktop I can see nothing but
I didn't find any parameter in the link but there must be somewhere cause when I setup one from the net the demand for the profiles comes up again.
creating other profiles is a tiring process and need to switch always between them
by mentioning the installation I didn't expected any path to hidden setup program in the package cause I saw that there are only 2 shell scripts and 1 binary is present in the root of it
I just wondered that u will tell me where to extract exactly cause I didn't grew up on unix and got little knowledge on the bin and usr