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post #11 of 19
First command adds the firefox PPA
Second command updates your repositorys/PPA/Packages
Third command installs firefox

Or it should at least, I don't use Ubuntu so don't know if the repository is the same or if it's even up to date.
post #12 of 19

/cant you just get it in the software repository?

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First command adds the firefox PPA
Second command updates your repositorys/PPA/Packages
Third command installs firefox
Or it should at least, I don't use Ubuntu so don't know if the repository is the same or if it's even up to date.

Hmmm well its still 5.0.1 so I guess it did not work. but thanks for trying.
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/cant you just get it in the software repository?

By default Ubuntu doesn't normally have the official firefox PPA's.
post #15 of 19
The firefox-stable repository has been recently abandoned, and right now the whole system is undergoing changes. Apparently they are going to include the latest versions of Firefox in the Ubuntu official repositories (they should have since January) but unfortunately according to the OP that hasn't happened yet. Right now, I can't easily find a way to install Firefox version 10 on Ubuntu because of the recent change.

However, I found a PPA that is actively maintained for Firefox version 11, which might be cool because you'll be running beta software (not necesarily bleeding edge tongue.gif) and might get speed benefits and such. Just make sure you remove your old PPA (open up Software Sources). After open up a terminal and do this:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install firefox

This might all seem confusing to you, but what all major Linux distributions do is that they maintain their own versions of software and put these in repositories. These repositories are available for everyone who use the operating system, and because of that installing software is as simple as running a simple command. Problem is that the software they maintain might be out of date from what actually exists upstream, like in this case with Firefox. That is why PPA's exist in Ubuntu/Debian, which are small repository extensions that you add to install additional software, or software that might be more (or less) up to date.

I would like to also say that it is extremely unusual to install software with installers in Linux. Because the package manager and repository exist, there is no reason to try to install software outside of the repository. This is a key difference between Windows and major Linux distributions.
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Yeah my next suggestion would of been to add the nightly builds repo, didn't know the stable one got abandoned though. Guess I've been on Gentoo and Arch too long, lol.
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Yeah my next suggestion would of been to add the nightly builds repo, didn't know the stable one got abandoned though. Guess I've been on Gentoo and Arch too long, lol.

It got abandoned in January. It was a fairly recent change.
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What version of ubuntu is the OP on? The repos are up to FF10 in 11.10 releases. If the OP is still in 10.04LTS then yes...they're not going to get FF10 unless they add repos or know how to deal with tarballs/sourceballs. And if he grabbed LTS then he needs to have a good reason because it's pretty much assumed that people are using the latest release or know that the older ones don't get the newest things(or that the newest releases don't get old things like XBMC without some messing around). So OP state what version as that makes a difference in the buntu world.
     
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post #19 of 19
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Thanks for all the help. I was running 5.0 no im on 10.0. All I had to do was go to help/about firefox and hit update. I will have to learn how to install programs sooner or latter, so thanks for the introduction. I had no idea I thought it would be more like mac installs.
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