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Old 03-25-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
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Having real problems installing Firefox onto Mandrake 9

Hi, this is my first posting on what seems to be a very informative forum. I've tried searching the archives for info on this problem but seem to be just going round in circles.
Can anyone help with what must be a really stupid problem?

I've just installed Mandrake 9 onto an old laptop - tried installing Ubuntu 7 but the installation just seemed to hang so ended up digging out my old Mandrake disks. Anyway, after about 6 hours of installation time the old beast finally rebooted into Linux :-) Chuffed to bits, I was.

I noticed that Firefox didn't seem to be included in the supplied packages and I quite like Firefox from my XP days (see I'm already converted to Linux), so I downloaded the appropriate file from Mozilla web site.

Now I'm stuck. I don't know what to do with it. I've tried following the instructions from a number of other postings. I've unpacked it, unwrapped it, untarred it, just about everything I can think of, but when I try and run the /firefox/firefox command I get this - "error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory".

I've looked in the firefox directory and this file isn't there. Pretty obvious error message then, I thought. But why isn't this file there? Where do I get it from?

Old 03-25-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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The lib should be found in the fontconfig package or libfontconfig am not sure what the package will be on that version of mdk


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