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Old 07-25-2006, 01:52 AM   #1
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Question How do i install firefox/any software?

Please help!!! im trying to install firefox and im new to linux. im using SUSE linux 9.2. Heres what told me to do "Extract the tarball in the directory where you want to install Firefox:

tar -xzvf firefox-
This will create a firefox subdirectory of that directory."

I dont even know what a tarbell is. if anyone can help it woud be nice. im a at linux
Old 07-25-2006, 02:12 AM   #2
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Tarball is firefox- you download.
Old 07-25-2006, 04:13 AM   #3
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A tar file (tarball) is similar to a zip file which you may have come across on other operating systems. [over simplification]

The file ends with .tar.gz or .tgz (effectively the same thing), there are some other extensions, but they need different options.

Normally you just extract the file into your home directory and then read the readme.txt file which gives installation instructions.

Firefox is a little different. You just extract the tar file where you want to install it.

I suggest doing the following as root in a terminal

cd /usr/local
tar -xzvf firefox-
You will then have a directory

/usr/local/firefox, and the program will be

to run then from your terminal (after exiting from root)
Assuming this works you can then update your application menu by right clicking on the icon, and change the program to be the command above.

By installing in /usr/local your current browser will not be changed, so you can go back to that if you have any problems.
Old 07-25-2006, 05:25 AM   #4
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Well you can of course go the difficult way of installing from the traball, but you could also try to install it via the yast programm of Suse in wich you can select the piece of software you want to install and it makes everything for you, the download included.
P.S.: I would upgrade to the newest version of openSuse instead of Suse 9, its free so you can only profit


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