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Old 09-23-2005, 01:26 PM   #1
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Can you install Firefox into Mandrake 10.1?

The Linux version of Firefox on their site is a trz file whereas Mandrake 10.1 uses RPM. Is there a way to install it anyway? Thanks.
Old 09-23-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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Why of course it can .

The file you're talking about is for the installer. Something like firefox-installer.tar.gz

It's a common package you're going to find in Linux (similar to .rar or .zip I guess). So basically, in the terminal you're going to extract the archive, and run the installer.

$ cd /path/to/wherever/the_tar.gz/is
tar xzvf firefox-installer.tar.gz
cd firefox-installer
Depenging on where you want to install it, you made need to be root before you run the installer (like if you want it in /usr/local/bin or something). There might be RPMs of Firefox around, I'm not too sure.
Old 09-23-2005, 02:05 PM   #3
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Don't quite understand your directions. Can I just download this tar version of Firefox into WinXP then mount it using Mandrake? Or do I have to do something with the file first? Thanks.
Old 09-23-2005, 02:10 PM   #4
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Download and install this
Old 09-23-2005, 03:26 PM   #5
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jacatone: just download it and save it in your home direcotry or desktop or somewhere you know where it is. you don't want to install it there, though. you'll want to install it somewhere like /usr/lib directory. make a directory in there called firefox. In console, type (as root):

mkdir /usr/lib/firefox

then move the .tar.gz file in there using the mv or cp command. you'll have to be root and you'll have to be in the directory where you originally saved it.

mv firefox.tar.gz /usr/lib/firefox.tar.gz

then (as root) cd to where you put it:

cd /usr/lib

and do this:

tar xzvf firefox.tar.gz

you should see it extract and make a folder like "firefox-installer" or something


cd firefox-installer

and then


the last command will start the installation process and bring up an installation window just like you see when you install firefox with winxp.

of course you could just use Easy URPMI to install it. That's pretty simple, too.
Old 12-21-2005, 09:16 PM   #6
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yes, we can install firefox in mandrake. just download a linux version of the file.
Old 12-22-2005, 01:48 AM   #7
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go to
choose repositories (including plf) and follow instructions
Then go to MCC, this will allow you to download the firefox rpm directly.

Currently on 10.1 I have firefox 1.5RC2 (I think).
This may not be the latest version.

Anyway this is far easier than playing with tgz.
If you want the bleeding edge version then the tgz might be the solution, though


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