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    Cool firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    hey all,

    i need to install version 2.0.0.9 on opensuse 11.1

    in downloaded the tarbal to /tmp/firefox2.0.0.9 and untarred it,
    in now have /tmp/firefox2.0.0.9/firefox and in it a whole bunch of files and folders.

    i know i'm now supposed to run ./ of make or make install and i also know 'im supposed to read the readme.

    here it point to Firefox web browser | Faster, more secure, & customizable

    here i find no info.

    i've been googeling, i found some posts saying that i need to copy firefox to /opt and run firefox &, that doesn't do much.

    i also found a post saying to copy it to .user/local and run chmod -R, then run firefox &.

    indeed, now it opens. but that doesn't bring it under applications.

    can anybody help me to do it right?

    thank you.

    johan

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    Default Re: firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    I wonder why you want to install such an old version when even 3.0 is due to go out of support next month. But if you are going to install version 2 you might at least get the last release of it.

    Index of /pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0.0.20

    Once again, why use such an ancient version? It hasn't been supported for a while and has security problems.

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    Question Re: firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    hello ken_yap,

    i need to install an 2.~ version because i'm building a fat client, from which, with the help of kiwi-ltsp, thin clients are going to boot from.
    i work for a non-profit organisation, and the employees need to run chat-sessions via another non-profit organisation, and they run windows and flash.
    we found this doesn't work too good with older versions.

    i must admit i donn't have the full story about the flash, but i need to do the installations.

    i was so proud yesterday, having installed openoffice from tar.gz in 5 minutes, but today i can't get firefox to work...

    johan

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    Default Re: firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    Ok, but you have been warned about the security problems and lack of support for FF2.

    It's fairly easy to install the tarball. Just unpack it in say /opt and it will leave behind a directory called firefox. Rename this to say /opt/firefox2 so you will know at a glance what it is. In the directory you will find a shell script called firefox. Just make a symlink to it from somewhere convenient, like this:

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    ln -s /opt/firefox2/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox2
    Then it should run by the command firefox2. I just tried this on a Crunchbang 9.04 system and it works fine.

    One thing though, you cannot run the firefox2 script while you have another firefox running. All it will do is just signal the running firefox to open another window instead of starting a real firefox2 program. To bypass this, you can use the --no-remote option to the script. This forces it to not use a running instance of firefox.

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    Default Re: firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    See this link here. Installing Firefox on Linux


    1. Open a Terminal and go to your home directory: cd ~
    2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file:tar xjf firefox-*.tar.bz2
    3. Close Firefox if it's open.
    4. To start Firefox, run the firefox script in the firefox folder.~/firefox/firefox

    Firefox should now start. You can then create an icon on your desktop to run this command.

    So I would copy the firefox folder to /opt. I would certainly not leave it in /tmp. Now in openSUSE you will usually find firefox in /usr/lib/ or /usr/lib64 depending of course on your architecture. By placing firefox in /usr/lib or /usr/lib64 you will be less likely to have library issues.



    Then you'll want to link (ln -s) firefox.sh to /usr/bin and possibly rename it to firefox (I would).



    That should work for you.
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    Cool Re: firefox 2.0.0.9 with tar.gz

    thanks for the help, it now works for me

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