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Old 02-07-2005, 07:21 AM   #16
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Thanks for the info. I spent hours on Saturday evening trying to install Firefox. I couldn't get anywhere with the Tar file, so I went through Google and found what claimed to be an RPM download. This didn't work either, although I followed the instructions in my book for installing RPM packages. I must confess myself puzzled that something as basic as loading a piece of software should prove so troublesome. The truth - obviously - is that I'm going to have to spend more time learning about the guts of Linux. This isn't something that I paricularly want to do. It may be that I simply use Linux as a web browser, which is a shame. But I simply don't have the time to learn how to programme the kind of thing I have done by point and click in the Windows environment.
Old 02-07-2005, 08:19 AM   #17
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What's so difficult about installing firefox?
In RH8 you might have problems with glibc but in RH9 it sould be really easy:

1.Download the version with tha installer (firefox-installer)
2.Unpack it somewhere: tar -xvzf <package name>
3. Browse in the directory: cd firefoxblablabla
4. login as root: su
5. load the installer, probably something like: ./firefox-installer
6. Then a window will pop-up, choose a destination, the best is : /usr/local/lib/firefox/
7. After you instal it make a link to /usr/local/bin: ln -s /usr/local/bin/firefox /usr/local/lib/firefox/firefox
8. from the console type firefox, or make a simple desktop enty to lauch it.

For the rpm version:
1.login as root: su
2. install: rpm -ihv <rpm package name>

That's all.

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Old 02-08-2005, 06:14 PM   #18
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OK - done. Thanks for all help - it really is helpful to know that there is always an answer out there somewhere!
Old 02-08-2005, 08:31 PM   #19
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I had your same problem. I could never fix it, even though I spent many hours trying to do so. For me, it was just so much simpler to go buy a 25 foot ethernet cord for 30$ then to spend those countless hours bumbling around areas of the system I didn't understand. Linux booted up perfectly with the ethernet attached. I also switched away from RH9, it's RPM bugs were way to complicated.

My advice to you is: go for wired if you want a simpler solution.

After reading the entire thread, I see my answer is redundant. I'll leave it up though, for everybody else who has this problem.

Last edited by JoeUser11; 02-08-2005 at 08:39 PM.


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