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Old 01-18-2006, 03:35 AM   #1
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Slackware 10.2 and Firefox 1.5

First off I request a little leadway from the mods as I copy and paste and excerpt from my blog. It contains the word "smartass" and a plural form of that but the meaning of the excerpt is not a flame.

Something that I am proud of is I figured out how firefox was handled by slackware. The installation archive is precompiled so no matter where you extracted it, you would just run the executable to run the program. I did not want it in /home/steve/firefox. I wanted it where the old version was so it was accessible by all users. I then figured out the paths were handled by symbolic links ( /usr/bin/firefox -> /usr/lib/firefox-x.x.x/firefox ). I was proud to discover this on my own because everytime searched forums to see where to install Firefox 1.5, I would see some smartass pointing the poster to the release notes with some smartass reply to the effect of "Did you read the release notes" or GOOGLE IT.....Did the smartass actually ever read the release notes or did he/she/it just thought it was cool when another smartass posted it previously because the release notes DOES NOT tell you WHERE to extract the archive. Oh well, I figured it out so when I see someone asking the question, I can ACTUALLY help him/her while the smartasses give their default reply.
When Firefox 1.5 was release, I wanted to upgrade so I went to mozilla's site and downloaded it. It was a completely working, pre-compiled archive. I, being a linux newbie, wondered where it should go. Yes, I could work from my home directory but other users of my computer couldn't easily access it without me having to rewrite permissions. So I started to google this issue and even searched it on LQ. I kept finding replies saying, in a nutshell, "READ THE RELEASE NOTES" with "RELEASE NOTES" being linked to the release notes. Not only did those replies NOT answer the original poster's question, but they were borderline rude. The release notes simply tell you how to extract firefox in linux.

Fed up, I started searching my system for all instances of "firefox*" and I found some symbolic links. I then took my pre-compiled downloaded and extracted firefox 1.5 then changed the symbolic links to point to it.

I'm proud I figured out how to do that on my own, but the community could've been nicer telling others how to than just replying "READ THE RELEASE NOTES" when the release notes don't explain anything other than extraction.

Yes...I learned, but others might have gave up with such nasty replies.
Old 01-18-2006, 04:10 AM   #2
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firefox 1.5 has been added in slackware-current. Since Slackware uses the official precompiled version of firefox, you can simple use the one from slackware current, without having to care if your slackware is up-to date or if any of the dependencies may be broken.
The nasty replies by some of the so-called linux gurus is always a problem, but if someone has the same problem with you, with slackware and firefox, just tell him to download this slackware package:

also, if someone does not care to pack the programs he uses in slackware, he should first give a shot in and for prepacked versions.


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