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Old 07-13-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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Question cannot install mozilla firefox 3.0


I am compleately new to linux(3 days) and i am already with problems
i have downloaded firefox-3.0 tar.bz2 and placed it in my home directory
the problem is i dont know what to do next...
any help will be higly appreciated
 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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I am compleately new to linux(3 days) and i am already with problems
i have downloaded firefox-3.0 tar.bz2 and placed it in my home directory
the problem is i dont know what to do next...
any help will be higly appreciated
Hi,

Welcome to the forums. Which distribution are you using? Usually, especially when you are new, is a good idea to stick with your distribution package manager. If you are using for example Ubuntu, you should be able to install Firefox 3.x through synaptic (found under System >> Administration >> Synaptic Package Manager).

Still, if you want to install the package you've downloaded, do this:

1 - Open a terminal (In Ubuntu, it is found under Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal);

2 - Navigate to the folder where your downloaded file is, eg:

cd Desktop/firefox-3.0 tar.bz2

3 - Uncompress the file:
tar -xjvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2

4 - Change to Firefox folder and run it:
cd firefox
./firefox


I do not advise you to do this though. You should be able to install Firefox from your distribution package manager. It is not only easier to do it that way, but it will keep your distro more consistent and you will also be automatically notified of updates when/if available.

You might consider spending a few minutes updating your profile as well, so we know what distro you are using and give you a more accurate answer in the future.

Regards!
 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:37 PM   #3
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Hi,

Welcome to the forums. Which distribution are you using? Usually, especially when you are new, is a good idea to stick with your distribution package manager. If you are using for example Ubuntu, you should be able to install Firefox 3.x through synaptic (found under System >> Administration >> Synaptic Package Manager).

Still, if you want to install the package you've downloaded, do this:

1 - Open a terminal (In Ubuntu, it is found under Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal);

2 - Navigate to the folder where your downloaded file is, eg:

cd Desktop/firefox-3.0 tar.bz2

3 - Uncompress the file:
tar -xjvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2

4 - Change to Firefox folder and run it:
cd firefox
./firefox


I do not advise you to do this though. You should be able to install Firefox from your distribution package manager. It is not only easier to do it that way, but it will keep your distro more consistent and you will also be automatically notified of updates when/if available.

You might consider spending a few minutes updating your profile as well, so we know what distro you are using and give you a more accurate answer in the future.

Regards!
i am using red hat 9.0...i tried the command
./firefox after extracting the tar.bz2 file but it says somthing like this->
./firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpangocairo-1.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

please suggest me what do do next...waiting for reply...
THANKS..
 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Get rid of Red Hat 9, as it's obsolete and no longer supported. You won't be able to install Firefox 3 without upgrading many packages. Edit: can I just ask, why did you choose Red Hat 9?

Last edited by Nylex; 07-13-2008 at 12:45 PM.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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My Gosh... I thought the wave of new users trying out Redhat 9.0 was over, but we got so many new members here installing that old piece of... software.

<Note to forum admins>
Would it help at all if we put a sticky saying that Redhat 9.0 is dead? Because for every second thread I answer, one is about Redhat and you know, there is not much we can help with nowadays, since there are no drivers for recent hardware and even recent software won't be compatible with it...
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:08 PM   #6
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<Note to forum admins>
Would it help at all if we put a sticky saying that Redhat 9.0 is dead? Because for every second thread I answer, one is about Redhat and you know, there is not much we can help with nowadays, since there are no drivers for recent hardware and even recent software won't be compatible with it...
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We did that. But, in line with the old " no one reads stickies", no one read it. I also recall seeing someone with just that message in their sig block.

golu_g - Red Hat 9 has been utterly obsolete for several years now. There are no longer new packages for it. Try something like Fedora as it's kept up to date and you can install new programs to it.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 01:12 PM   #7
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We did that. But, in line with the old " no one reads stickies", no one read it. I also recall seeing someone with just that message in their sig block.
Thanks XavierP. Yeah, I understand that most users don't read stickies =(. Feels like we need to find a way around that though =)
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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Get rid of Red Hat 9, as it's obsolete and no longer supported. You won't be able to install Firefox 3 without upgrading many packages. Edit: can I just ask, why did you choose Red Hat 9?

i like the red hat envioronment very much.but i never knew of the compatibility problems.now is there any rh 9 envioronment like version which is free to download??if its there den from where can i get them??



thanking you all for ur valuable suggestions..
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #9
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i like the red hat envioronment very much.but i never knew of the compatibility problems.now is there any rh 9 envioronment like version which is free to download??if its there den from where can i get them??
As XavierP says, you could try Fedora. There is also CentOS, which is a free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:16 PM   #10
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Hello Guys:

One question: Don't you have to pay for Red Hat distributions, 9 included?

I use Centos 5.0 that is based on Red Hat. Fedora is also another choice. I was able to upgrade from firefox 2.0.15 to firefox 3 on fedora 8. fedora 9 is out, and I think it has it by default.

However, try running this command to see if you can install it from Red Hat 9 packages:

(as root) yum install firefox or yum update firefox

I really do not use Red Hat 9, so I do not know if this will work.

Thanks.
--Willie
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:29 PM   #11
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Hello Guys:

One question: Don't you have to pay for Red Hat distributions, 9 included?
You have to pay for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Linux was always free, AFAIK.

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However, try running this command to see if you can install it from Red Hat 9 packages:

(as root) yum install firefox or yum update firefox

I really do not use Red Hat 9, so I do not know if this will work.
I don't think Red Hat 9 had yum. Even if it did, as stated previously, Red Hat 9 no longer receives updates.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 07:44 PM   #12
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Hello Guys:

One question: Don't you have to pay for Red Hat distributions, 9 included?

I use Centos 5.0 that is based on Red Hat. Fedora is also another choice. I was able to upgrade from firefox 2.0.15 to firefox 3 on fedora 8. fedora 9 is out, and I think it has it by default.

However, try running this command to see if you can install it from Red Hat 9 packages:

(as root) yum install firefox or yum update firefox

I really do not use Red Hat 9, so I do not know if this will work.

Thanks.
--Willie

Linux is FREE as in beer free.

RH is no different. RH just used to SELL their BOOKs and would charge for the CDs in those books, but they NEVER and still DO NOT charge for RedHat Linux.

the RHE (Red Hat Enterprise) is a SERVICE agreement for support. that is a pay for service. the OS is still 100% free as is the source 100% open.

yes yum install will work, but sadly RH9 might have FF1.5 at the highest for yum repository native. you might try adding some of the FC (Fedora Core) repositories but there is no promise those will work without major package conflicts.

http://fedoraproject.org/

go there if you like RH, you will like FC. it is the SAME just with a new name.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 08:58 PM   #13
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" no one reads stickies",
Or even is able to search the forum or use Google.com/linux
i find that all the time on FedoraForum
and about once a week someone asks for help with fedora 4,5,6
and once not to long ago fedora 2
 
Old 07-15-2008, 11:37 AM   #14
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I am using RHEL 4. How to upgrade Firefox1.5 to firefox3
 
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on rhel 4 you might be able to use the precompiled binary
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/firefox/
you would need to remove the old one first
place the precompilde in /usr
edit all links and system paths to reflect the new path
reinstall all plugins ,relink java and flash .so's
 
  


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