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bsting397 10-06-2009 11:27 PM

are there install files for linux or install commands?
 
i tried downloading firefox from the website it opened with Ark and i couldn't find an install file, so i extracted them to a folder i created, but don't know how to install firefox.

everyone i have read about are told to do something to their package manager, but when i try to it tells me fatal errors occur and needs to quit or that it "did" update the repositories, but they still can't locate firefox.

if anyone can suggest a "user manual" other than the kubuntu wiki that may explain this to me just a little better, i'd appreciate it.

jmc1987 10-06-2009 11:28 PM

Firefox comes with the Desktop. What distro are you using?

bsting397 10-06-2009 11:32 PM

distro
 
kubuntu 9.04 i386. this is my first attempt at linux personally, i have the help of only the interwebs and my wife who is a beginner just above myself.

jmc1987 10-06-2009 11:40 PM

I am assuming you have kde or gnome installed. If you go to your start buttio (don't say start) in the either upper right or bottem right (depending on which desktop you installed) go to internet then firefox.

But if you really never installed it then try this

Code:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

If you have firefox but want to upgrade it then replace "install" with "upgrade"

Example
Code:

sudo apt-get upgrade firefox
Hope it helps

I am still new at linux my self so its always a learning experience.

i92guboj 10-06-2009 11:49 PM

The base concept is the following: in Linux you usually install software using your package manager, which will be a different one depending on the distribution you use. That saves you some time, you don't have to go fishing software around the network. Second: the package manager will take care of the dependencies. If package A requires packages B, C, D and E, they all will be downloaded and installed.

Last, but not least, everything comes from trusted sources, so you save yourself a lot of headaches with crap/spy/mal-ware

You can also go to the web of the original author of a given program, download it, and install or compile yourself. But it's not usually adviced unless there's a good reason to do so.

toyarmy 10-08-2009 11:01 PM

i'm not incompetent about downloading
 
when i went to mozilla's website and downloaded firefox there was NO install file. is there some command you can type in konsole that allows you to install the package as a whole? my package manager has been updated and still does not find firefox ANYWHERE. if someone could help me with this, i'm feeling shunned from what i thought would have been a move toward a helpful community that aid in my learning of linux systems... am i mistaken?

avijitp 10-08-2009 11:08 PM

Code:

sudo apt-get install firefox
From console, will do this for you as state earlier.

i92guboj 10-08-2009 11:18 PM

We already read that there's no installer the first time.

You have to use your package manager to install packages. Either use the commands someone gave you above or open Synaptic (which is graphical), search for firefox, and install it. That should work. If it doesn't, give concrete details about what are you doing and what kubuntu responds to you.

louieb 10-08-2009 11:22 PM

Sorry your feeling shunned. But you need to be specific as to what you did and what happened.
Did you try the commands jmc1987 gave in post 4? What was the output - Please cut and paste.

If your having trouble with install instructions please provide a link and try to be specific as to what you do not understand.

Widgeteye 10-08-2009 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by i92guboj (Post 3710497)
The base concept is the following: in Linux you usually install software using your package manager, which will be a different one depending on the distribution you use. That saves you some time, you don't have to go fishing software around the network. Second: the package manager will take care of the dependencies. If package A requires packages B, C, D and E, they all will be downloaded and installed.

Last, but not least, everything comes from trusted sources, so you save yourself a lot of headaches with crap/spy/mal-ware

You can also go to the web of the original author of a given program, download it, and install or compile yourself. But it's not usually adviced unless there's a good reason to do so.


Here's the easy way:

Go get firefox, the newest is firefox-3.5.3.tar.bz2

put the file in a directory where you want to run it from.
It doesn't need installing! Then open the file up with
"tar xvf firefox-3.5.3.tar.bz2" without the qoutes.
Then cd into firefox directory and run firefox from there.
Or make a link on your desktop to the firefox file in that directory.

Firefox doesn't need installing, it is designed to run from
it's own directory after you decompress the file.

toyarmy 10-08-2009 11:42 PM

thanks for your help, it just all the sudden stopped giving me the message that firefox wasn't in the repository after a restart.


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