Is there a Mageia repository that includes a modern Firefox?
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No, that's not the problem. The problem is they don't WANT the latest version. They wish to stay to ESR only. Which is fine if that's what they want. Debian does the same thing. But, for those that don't want old and crusty, Debian offers repos that can be enabled to get the latest version. This is what I was hoping there was. Even if it was a 3rd party repo (such as Packman for OpenSuse). I just like to have current Firefox, but unless you want to manually install and update yourself (which IMO defeats the whole purpose of using a distro that has a package manager), it's not available on Mageia. As said before, that's fine. Just not something I want, and so I personally won't use Mageia, as it doesn't have what I consider to be the absolutely essential packages avaiable to use.
Last edited by Timothy Miller; 11-10-2013 at 03:31 PM.
Haven't used that for sometime now (years) but installation is pretty simple if I remember correctly.
Debian doesn't use FF. Hasn't for years. We use Iceweasel which is a rebranded FF so that Debian devs can do security upgrades faster than the FF folks think is needed.
I only mention this because I checked and the IW version is 17.0.9. I know the FF number is a lot bigger. Going to the generic FF download page rather than the down load by language page got me no where. All I got was congratulated for using the newest FF available.
Congrats! You’re using the latest version of Firefox.
Experimental has current Iceweasel (25.0). And yes, I know Iceweasel isn't technically Firefox, but it's Firefox in all but name and icon. Shortly after releases, SID will have current while experimental has beta, then it will go back to Experimental having current. It just recently went back to experimental being the current after 7's release.
As also commented, I have no interest in downloading Firefox manually. This is the reason I left windows. If I want to manually install programs, I'll go back to Windows. If there's not a repository so that I can urpmi --auto-updates, and it downloads and installs the most recent release version, then I simply won't use the OS. This is why I no longer use Mageia. I have nothing against them for making the choice, I simply am not willing to use an OS that doesn't have the ability to install current version of software that I use most often on the system automatically.
Last edited by Timothy Miller; 11-10-2013 at 05:51 PM.
Because noone in this subforum knows how to read, apparently. Noone seems to understand what the meaning of "repository" means. They seem to think "repository" means "manual installation". I can't help people don't read. I was very clear in what I was looking for. I can't help people don't understand basic english and post things that are in no way, shape, or form related to the topic.
Distribution: Debian Testing, Stable, Sid and Manjaro, Mageia 3, LMDE
No a repository is where packages are stored. It has nothing to do with installation at all.
If you use the Arch repo you will get source code tarballs. They are then, via script, auto built and installed. With .rpm and .debs you get binary packages that are installed by some function on board your OS, in the case of Debian it is dpkg which reads the install script included in the .deb package and installs by those instructions.
Mozilla has a repository for its packages including Firefox. These are installed by following the directions on the readme file.
If you go to the Debian src main repo you can download and compile your own custom kernel. You are not going to get that installed automatically.
Repository. A place of repose. In terms of OS packages a place where packages repose in waiting for someone to download them and install them.
That is English. Installation is not done by and repo.
You prefer not to install using the method required by the type of package that is in the Mozilla repo. That is fine.
Attacking people for not understanding English when you have, obviously, no understanding of package management vocabulary is not fine. Cut it out.
I haven't attacked anyone. I've just been trying to keep it on topic. I stated in my VERY FIRST post
Originally Posted by tlmiller
Is there a way other than a manual installation
Don't tell me not to attack people when you fail to read the posts also, and are guilty of EXACTLY what I've been saying. Not reading the posts and just posting.
Again, I can't help people can't read. I stated in my first post what I wanted. People keep posting RANDOM, non-related things. I keep trying to keep it on topic in case someone decides to create a third party repository and posts. Don't belittle me for other people posting random non-related information to the topic. I don't care about big blocks in this post. I don't care if I can get better gas mileage. I don't care what the speed of light is. I don't care how many calories are in an omelette. And as stated SINCE THE FIRST POST, I DON'T HAVE ANY DESIRE TO DO A MANUAL INSTALLATION. None of that has anything to do with the question that I asked. If people can't post on topic, it's not my fault.
Last edited by Timothy Miller; 11-11-2013 at 09:11 PM.
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PLEASE, stop telling that we should install from mozilla.org. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT.
WE DON'T LIKE that way of doing things.
The whole purpose of a distribution is to create a coherent set of software components.
So that, we can have Firefox nicely integrated with the desktop (e.g. ubuntu), or with some pre-defined things (addons, or bookmarks).
Installing from mozilla.org breaks that.
I think Timothy missed my message where I advertise my repository.
At the time of writing, there was Firefox 23 then 24 for Mga3 when only FF17 was available on official repos.
I used until last week where official mga3 provided FF24.1. The update has been done by the official update.