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Old 01-07-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Panel shortcut not working! (Firefox)

Hi LQ, I've been messing around in the file system (/bin/, /opt/, /usr/bin), and some things have been deleted, more specifically Firefox links/shortcuts.

First of all I consider myself a total newbie, level: copy & paste, so please go slow

Anyways, here's the deal

I was using Firefox 30.0, updating to 34.0.5, so I began by downloading firefox-34.0.5.tar.bz2, extracting it to a user folder (the easy part) now incorporating it into the system making it work, copied to the appropriate folders with shortcuts and all that, (the near impossible part).

So, it all started a few weeks ago when the Firefox flash plug-in got old and I had to give permission to start the flash player plug-in manually e.g in You-tube, you know what I'm talking about.

Turns out to be a nightmare, seeking how-to on the Internet, using commands that would eventually delete the shortcuts, insomuch that Firefox can not be found in the menu.

I followed the commands in the above guide, but without exit.

BTW when the panel and menu shortcut were still working, it would always refer to the old Firefox 30.0, also when using the direct link to Firefox 34.0.5 the old site preferences would not load, which was and is basically my worst fear, because it can take years to build up and I don't know how to backup.

For some reason of which I have no clue, the preferences/add-ons are now all loading with 34.0.5, the other way around I would have been forced to keep the old Firefox, what a mess.

Weird! At one point, it loaded the Nightly 34.0.5, that was actually the first time it did load with the old preferences/add-ons, but that only happened a few times, then it started to load Firefox 34.0.5 odd.

In the end, I made a desktop launcher to Firefox 34.0.5, which is what I'm using now, starting it from a user folder, kind of a MacGyver solution.

But it doesn't stop here, to my surprise:

Potentially vulnerable plugins, were still not up to date!

Java(TM) Plug-in 11.11.2
Next Generation Java Plug-in 11.11.2 for Mozilla browsers vulnerable

Java(TM) Plug-in 11.0.2
Next Generation Java Plug-in 11.0.2 for Mozilla browsers vulnerable

These plugins are up to date!

Shockwave Flash
Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202 Up to Date

Unknown Plugins!

Totem (v. )The Videos 3.8.2 plugin handles video and audio streams. (action,? research)

Update now, takes you to the Oracle site which is another nightmare for a newbie and on top of that, you now have to register a user account.

$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_11"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_11-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.11-b03, mixed mode)

Your Java version: Version 8 Update 11
Download Free Java Software
Version 8 Update 25
seems like I already did that:
sudo tar xvzf jre-8u25-linux-x64.tar.gz

Looks like I have 2 old Javas and one new not working.


sudo update-alternatives --config java
There are 4 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).

Selection Path Priority Status
0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/bin/java 1079 auto mode
1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java 1061 manual mode
2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java 1071 manual mode
3 /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle/jre/bin/java 1077 manual mode
* 4 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/bin/java 1079 manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

What linux do I have:
VERSION="13.10, Saucy Salamander"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 13.10"

I hope I was able to clearly explain the problem without too much unnecessary information.

BTW. I'm new here so "Hello and thank you for your help!"


Old 01-08-2015, 10:20 AM   #2
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The first mistake is Linux Mint 16. The repositoeries are now closed so you wont get updates. You are better off installing linux Mint 17 or 17.1 or updating your system to linux mint 17.

Firefox 34, flashplugin are all in the current mint repositories.
By downloading firefox source you will probably have two independent versions of firefox, one in /usr/bin and the other in /usr/local/bin or other location and this will be the problem with the shortcut.

Any dependencies required by the newer firefox may not be satisfied with your current build, so again upgrading the system to mint 17 is probably the easiest and best way forward.
Old 01-14-2015, 09:00 AM   #3
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I'm gonna ask another question, since you say that upgrading would be the best option!

1. Should I only go mint 17-17.1 or could I as easily install another distribution

2. Do you recommend upgrading using apt or dvd?

BTW. my computer have been freezing a lot over the past year or more, specially running a game or even less than that.

Oh, btw. I might need to say I have Windows installed on the same hard drive!




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