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    Question Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Hi,
    First I'll start by apologizing for the post. Not sure if this is the right place to ask or not. I'm just so tired and frustrated at looking for an answer for something that should be obvious. So, far all the Linux flavors I've tried seem to be fairly obtuse. (or could it just be me <g>). I don't seem to be able to intuit how this stuff works. What could be more simple than d/l the Fire Fox 3 file, extract and....... nada. I had no trouble at all d/l the NVidia driver and installing that. I just haven't been able to find anything that tells me what to do with the extarcted Fire Fox 3 files. Any help appreciated.
    Mahalo Nui Loa,
    Hal

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Firefox 3 should install as a normal update for openSUSE 11.

    You can also go into your KDE/Gnome Menu and select "Install Software". From there you can install Firefox if you don't have it, or update to the latest version.

    For Nvidia, you just need to use the one-click installer.

    NVIDIA - openSUSE

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Quote Originally Posted by enderandrew View Post
    Firefox 3 should install as a normal update for openSUSE 11.

    You can also go into your KDE/Gnome Menu and select "Install Software". From there you can install Firefox if you don't have it, or update to the latest version.

    For Nvidia, you just need to use the one-click installer.

    NVIDIA - openSUSE
    Well, I guess I should have noted that I'm on 10.3 and I'm reticent to put out another $60 for v11. The DVD download takes forever at 1.5 and suffers corruption.
    And, yes I know that the NVidia file installs with a single click. So why not with software? Or, at least something obvious on how to proceed? I've been to KDE "Install Software" over and over. I've navigated to the .trz file and extracted Firefox 3 directory but no joy. Can you recommend a good thorough tutorial that will walk me through all the common administrative tasks? I think I can figure out how to use the basic applications, etc.
    While I'm asking <g> I'm using KDE. Knetworkmanager seems to be missing some marbles. I have no wireless devices in the box, so I don't see the use for the KnetworkManager. I'm used to having a live network connection at (windows) boot/log in. But I can't figure out how to achieve same in OpenSuse 10.3.
    Mahalo Nui Loa,
    Hal

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    I assume that you're not aware of the openSUSE Build Service (OBS). Click on that link Software.openSUSE.org and search for your desired application.

    have a lot of fun!

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    You can purchase cheap Linux DVD's from a whole bunch of websites.

    And if you go to build.opensuse.org you can find a one-click installer for Firefox 3 on openSUSE 10.3

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Actually your post like others I've run across is absolutely no help at all. I've already been down endless roads of searching, including Software openSuse.org. I generally do not post until I've either exhausted other avenues or my patience. In the case of OpenSuse (and other flavors of linux) one ends up in endless search loops. Probably because of not understanding the proper syntax to use, but none the less, If I continue to rely on searching on my own for information I probably will never ween off Windows (something I'd much like to do!!).
    If you'd actually like to be of assistance. your help would be apreciated. Otherwise...

    Aloha,
    Hal

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Thanx,
    I guess I'll have to just keep looking. Maybe I'll get there and maybe not. The linux user world seems much different than the windows user world. When I worked on the old Windows NT forum on Compuserve, we tried to minimize the confusion for new users. I gather that it is assumed that new users have more understanding than I apparently have.

    Thanx,
    Hal

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Hi Hal.

    Take a deep breath, calm yourself a moment, and we'll figure this out.

    You noted you're on 10.3. Great! Welcome to Linux, sometimes the flight's bumpy, but we can fly whereever we want to go...

    Now, I upgraded to 11.0 myself, but I did install FF3.0 on my 10.3 system before I upgraded, so I know it can be done.

    (haha! wait! I can sneak into a friend's 10.3 system, he hasn't upgraded yet!)

    Tappity...tap...

    Ok, I just checked, OS10.3 still offering 2.0.0.14.

    Two ways:

    1. Through the opensuse build services, which is preferred, as it'll be upgraded automatically in the future and you'll always be up to date.

    - Start Yast, give your root password as needed.
    - In the software group, click on "Community Repositories"
    - Locate and check the 'openSUSE BuildService - Mozilla' repo, click Finish.
    - In the software group again, click on "Software Management"
    - Search for firefox
    - You should see version 3.0-1.1 available. Click it once to have it upgraded.
    - Click 'Accept' to start the upgrade.
    - Rejoice and revel in your newfound Foxyness.

    2. Through installing a tarball from Mozilla.com

    - Download firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 from mozilla.com
    - uninstall Firefox 2 using yast/rug/zypper/smart
    - open a konsole/terminal, become root
    su - root
    - copy or move the firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 file into /opt subdirectory
    mv firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 /opt
    - untar the tarball
    tar xjf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2
    - create sym-link to allow starting firefox
    ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox
    - in gui (KDE), create application icon on desktop which runs 'firefox', with 50 pixel icon from /opt/firefox/icons
    - enjoy your new foxyness

    Yes, you'll have to recreate the firefox icons and menu entries if you do option 2. But that's how I tested out FF3 before dropping FF2.

    Hope this helps.

    Lornix

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!
    That was sooo helpful. Method one worked fine and I now have a litle more understanding of OpenSuse. Now if I could find a reference that walks one through the elements of the system without assuming too much of the reader. (or too little <g>).

    Aloha Nui Loa,
    Hal

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    Default Re: Hoow to install Fire Fox 3?

    {Grin}

    Got questions? Ask away! Always glad to help someone new. But you have to promise to help someone else in the future when you can. And you will, just takes time.
    L R Nix
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