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Old 05-18-2019, 01:18 AM   #16
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The following was done :-

apt update
apt install firefox-esr
firefox-esr

However, the command "firefox-esr" is not known.

When I try "firefox", it doesn't work because it claims it is already running, which is not true, but Iceweasel is running
(and I wish to retain this at the moment) so it is equating Firefox with Iceweasel whereas I'd understood that they were
separate. Both need to run at the same time for various reasons.
maybe this simply isn't possible?
have you tried completely closing iceweasel, then starting firefox? if that works, i think you have your answer.
 
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OP has posted a duplicate thread in the Debian forum which has also ceded little result. I get the impression there's a vital piece of information we're not being told here. It's very odd and - yes, confusing - that OP is incapable of installing Firefox on his system, which is one of the simplest things one can do.

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:41 PM   #18
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OP has posted a duplicate thread in the Debian forum which has also ceded little result. I get the impression there's a vital piece of information we're not being told here. It's very odd and - yes, confusing - that OP is incapable of installing Firefox on his system, which is one of the simplest things one can do.
My thoughts, too. Certainly, there's nothing complex about installing any of the Mozilla-based browsers.....even if you unzip the tarball, place it manually, and write your own .desktop entry for it ( I confess, some newbies might be intimidated by that, though, with a few simple instructions, it should be easily do-able).


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Old 05-21-2019, 08:06 AM   #19
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Thanks to everyone for their replies.

I have realised that firefox-esr in Jessie has the same package (60.6.2esr-1~deb8u1) as
iceweasel in Jessie (ref https://packages.debian.org/jessie/firefox-esr and
https://packages.debian.org/jessie/iceweasel).

Hence this is why firefox-esr could not be installed on the Jessie system as iceweasel
was already installed.

I am still looking to install firefox while retaining iceweasel. There is a slightly later version
of firefox-esr available by upgrading to Stretch and also applying stretch-updates
(60.6.3esr-1~deb9u1) (ref https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=firefox-esr)

However, I now understand that firefox-esr is not a particularly good version of firefox,
as it lacks certain features and speed compared with firefox.

It seems that the only way for me to install firefox on a Debian system is to download it
from a Mozilla archive as a compressed file.

What is the best way to download the file (for a 64-bit system) ?

However, I am concerned that installing firefox in this way may upset the Jessie system as

it does not use the normal Debian package system used for installing software.

What are the pros and cons involved ?

Also will it be possible to run both firefox and iceweasel on the same system or will one interfere

with the operation of the other ?
 
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However, I am concerned that installing firefox in this way may upset the Jessie system as it does not use the normal Debian package system used for installing software.
it shouldn't, because you aren't actuallyinstalling it; it's a standalone version that is run from the folder you put it in.
 
  


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