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Firefox 4. Wanting to install it, need a dummy proof walk through, as i'm new to linux, and chose fedora over ubuntu.

I downloaded -

firefox-4.0.tar.bz2

And I open it, it looks like a big huge archive of omg***bbqhuh?

I'm not familiar with console commands for linux, I am for games... but not here. That's about it.

I can understand simple directions, click here, do this, under that, etc. If anyone can give me a quick how to, it'll give me direction for how to install other 3rd party apps, etc. Including Open office as well. (Didn't come native with fedora, though it does with ubuntu)

- Le_Loup

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Update to Fedora 15, which includes Firefox 4 and LibreOffice. (OpenOffice is dead.)
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There should be a binary file called 'firefox'. To launch from the command line you would simply type in: ./firefox
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Update to Fedora 15, which includes Firefox 4 and LibreOffice. (OpenOffice is dead.)
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There should be a binary file called 'firefox'. To launch from the command line you would simply type in: ./firefox
15 won't load for me, oddly, in VM or laptop install. As it's still a beta, dunno what's goin on...

And ./firefox won't work, not even for loading FF 3.### which came with it. (I'm looking to install ff4... have dl'ded to default directory, whichever that is default on fedora.

Suggestions?

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Found this guide for you.
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Found this guide for you.
It's most certainly a long, detailed guide, but i'll give it a whirl,

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You've downloaded the source - you should probably look for a binary from the Fedora repositories (which I guess is what the guide says?)

Failing that, you could compile the source you've downloaded with ./configure, make, make install (each command executed one after the other, with make install as root/sudo). I wouldn't recommend this though, as yum won't be aware of it, so won't track updates (when FF4 finally makes it into the repositories or backports)

Edit: Should add that compiling will probably take an hour, lol
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You've downloaded the source - you should probably look for a binary from the Fedora repositories (which I guess is what the guide says?)

Failing that, you could compile the source you've downloaded with ./configure, make, make install (each command executed one after the other, with make install as root/sudo). I wouldn't recommend this though, as yum won't be aware of it, so won't track updates (when FF4 finally makes it into the repositories or backports)

Edit: Should add that compiling will probably take an hour, lol
actually the mozilla team, compiles it for linux, but does a "generic" compile/package, typically you extract the tar into /opt, then you symlink the executable in /usr/bin. of course that is the easiest and simpliest way to do to it, might lead to problems download the road, but it is one way to have multiple FF's in the same install.

you could easily build your own "rpm" out of the tar, but it's probably not worth it, if there is a repository that has already done it....
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actually the mozilla team, compiles it for linux, but does a "generic" compile/package, typically you extract the tar into /opt, then you symlink the executable in /usr/bin. of course that is the easiest and simpliest way to do to it, might lead to problems download the road, but it is one way to have multiple FF's in the same install.

you could easily build your own "rpm" out of the tar, but it's probably not worth it, if there is a repository that has already done it....
Oh right, didn't realise that! What a pain in the ass, why not use a 'standard' install method, rather than some special case? I don't really like this "untar then it's installed" thing I've seen (I think Flash does it too), I guess I've been accustomed to the Windows Registry over the last 15 years, so I'm use to having more than just the files, if you get what I mean. It's good practice to use the package manager though - you don't want too much random crud cluttering up the system
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Code:
su -c 'wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/spot/firefox4/fedora-firefox4.repo'

su -c 'yum install firefox4'
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