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Old 02-20-2017, 11:54 PM   #1
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Install Firefox into Slack 14.2 64 bit

I'm having problems with Chromium in Slackware 14.2 64 bit: Google is not able to establish a good connection (yes, I have Alien Bob's latest Chromium install). I tried Firefox in Debian, and got good results, so I'd like to get Firefox into Slack and see whether my problems disappear. Where can I get straightforward (easy to follow!) directions on how to do the install? TIA
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It should already be installed if you did a full installation. If you didn't you can grab it from the xap folder on your installation media.

But that version isn't always the latest release (Pat tends to update when there's serious security concerns), but you can use forum member's ruario's latest-firefox script. It will optionally install it if you pass the -i option (to install it, it needs to be run as root).
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Thanks for the tip!
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The current Slackware version of Firefox is 45.7.0; that is the ESR version that Pat uses to keep Firefox up-to-date without installing the current version from Mozilla. The ESR is extended support and is, most likely, the version you want.

You can go to Oregon State University Open Source Lab and download Firefox from the patches directory. Or you can simply use wget:
into some directory then use
upgradepkg mozilla-firefox*.t?z
to update any existing version of Firefox to the latest.

You need to be root to do the update.

If you have not done any updates (there are a bunch), you may want to download all of the updates like this:
to get them all then (again as root)
upgradepkg *.t?z
which will do a mass update of all available packages.

There are updates that require stopping and restarting the new versions; e.g., bind and others. It's just as easy to, if you're doing a mass update, to reboot the system.

If you have not done the kernel updates (you really ought to). They are found in a subdirectory of the patches directory named linux-4.4.38/ and you can get them with
You do those updates by getting into the downloaded linux-4.4.38/ directory and running
upgradepkg *.t?z
Note that when your do those kernel updates you must run lilo before you reboot. If you did not install with lilo, use the loader utility that you did use. This is critical and you won't be able to reboot if you don't run lilo (or whichever you used during installation).

There are other ways to keep things up-to-date (slackpkg comes to mind). I prefer keeping all the patches in /usr/local/patches and do the updates manually because I have four systems that get updates so I do one download (to rule them all) and do the updates with ssh to each server. Six of one, I think.

You may want to subscribe to the Security Advisories mailing list at to get notified of changes.

Hope this helps some.


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