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How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby realnubnut » 2011-03-27 18:51

1. Download latest firefox from: http://www.mozilla.com

2. Copy downloaded file to /opt

3. Extract
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# tar -jxvf firefox-x.x.xx.tar.bz2


4. Change permissions
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# chown -R root:users /opt/firefox
# chmod 750 /opt/firefox


note: your user should be a member of the group "users"
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# usermod -a -G users username


5. Create symbolic link
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# ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox


6. Delete firefox-x.x.xx.tar.bz2 from /opt

7. Done

8. To install a new version:
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# rm -rf /opt/firefox*
# rm /usr/bin/firefox

then repeat previous steps


Add a shortcut menu:
1. Create firefox.desktop file
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# touch /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop


2. Edit firefox.desktop (nano is used in this example, any editor will do):
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# nano /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop


contents of firefox.desktop:
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[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Mozilla Firefox
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Exec=/usr/bin/firefox %U
Icon=/opt/firefox/icons/mozicon128.png
StartupNotify=true
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby eric1959 » 2011-03-27 19:44

There is one big drawback : firefox from mozilla website is not configured with --enable-system-cairo , so fonts are not rendered in a proper way...
Better : http://debian-bits-and-snips.blogspot.c ... ueeze.html
or : http://debian-bits-and-snips.blogspot.c ... -4-rc.html
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby stevepusser » 2011-03-28 03:21

Another big drawback that was not noted is that Firefox build is 32-bit x86 only, and requires additional ia32lib packages to work correctly on a 64-bit amd64 machine. (or other tricks, such as a 32-bit kernel or 32-bit chroot) Other architectures are out of luck with Mozilla packages---Debian builds native versions of Iceweasel for many different architectures.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby kedaha » 2011-03-28 09:13

stevepusser wrote:Another big drawback that was not noted is that Firefox build is 32-bit x86 only, and requires additional ia32lib packages to work correctly on a 64-bit amd64 machine. (or other tricks, such as a 32-bit kernel or 32-bit chroot) Other architectures are out of luck with Mozilla packages---Debian builds native versions of Iceweasel for many different architectures.

Yes, why use FF when one can use Iceweasel? However, a quick way to install Firefox 64-bits from LMDE is by using gdebi or by adding the repository to the sources.list as I posted here. There are no conflicting dependency issues, IMO, and FF4 is sure to be added there any time soon.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby cynwulf » 2011-03-28 12:24

You can get a newer Iceweasel 4.0 from the experimental repo or from the mozilla.debian.net backports repo for squeeze.

http://mozilla.debian.net/
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianExperimental
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby bohu » 2011-03-28 14:00

Firefox and IceWeasel both have been dead slow since I switched to Debian. This is not all bad because it has led me to try other browsers.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby ComputerBob » 2011-03-28 14:14

bohu wrote:Firefox and IceWeasel both have been dead slow since I switched to Debian. This is not all bad because it has led me to try other browsers.

See if this speeds them up:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=61797
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby realnubnut » 2011-03-29 07:08

I see all these guys who are very pushy for iceweasel but the question that comes to mind is how come this situation does not translate to more contributors for the iceweasel project? Since time immemorial Mike Hommey is the lone fox behind iceweasel. This is the reason why iceweasel is slow in catching up with firefox releases.

What is this mozilla.debian.net? Who is behind this project? Will this just add another layer of confusion?

Mike Hommey quote: "But I do hope Wheezy will get Firefox back"

By the way we are talking about Debian Squeeze here, a stable release.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby cynwulf » 2011-03-29 12:57

realnubnut wrote:What is this mozilla.debian.net? Who is behind this project? Will this just add another layer of confusion?

Read the page or this
Mike Hommey
No

realnubnut wrote:By the way we are talking about Debian Squeeze here, a stable release.

Yes... what is your point?
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby realnubnut » 2011-03-29 14:00

cynwulf wrote:
realnubnut wrote:What is this mozilla.debian.net? Who is behind this project? Will this just add another layer of confusion?

Read the page or this
Mike Hommey
No

Good to know it's Mike Hommey not some anon team/guy who likes running his mouth.


cynwulf wrote:
realnubnut wrote:By the way we are talking about Debian Squeeze here, a stable release.

Yes... what is your point?

If you don't see the point, then I guess I have none. But if it could be of any help, it has something to do with experimenting.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby cynwulf » 2011-03-29 14:03

realnubnut wrote:Good to know it's Mike Hommey not some anon team/guy who likes running his mouth.

Ok...

cynwulf wrote:If you don't see the point, then I guess I have none. But if it could be of any help, it has something to do with experimenting.

O.... k....
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby craigevil » 2011-03-29 14:47

Download, extract, create a desktop shortcut, done.

Or just use Iceweasel.


apt-cache policy iceweasel
iceweasel:
Installed: 4.0-3
Candidate: 4.0-3
Version table:
*** 4.0-3 0
1 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ experimental/main i386 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
4.0~rc1-1 0
500 http://mozilla.debian.net/ experimental/iceweasel-4.0 i386 Packages
3.5.18-1 0
500 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable/main i386 Packages
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby shrinivas » 2011-04-03 12:11

I have done exactly as described here.
Still,clicking on the icon 'Firefox" opens a new instance of Iceweasel 3.5.16 !

I recently installed Debian 32-bit OS.
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby eric1959 » 2011-04-03 12:22

opens a new instance of Iceweasel 3.5.16


Did you close Iceweasel 3.5.16 first.....?
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Re: How to install the "real" Firefox on Debian Squeeze

Postby cynwulf » 2011-04-03 18:33

That's normal, it will run the one in /usr/bin - you need to get run of that and change it to a symlink to the firefox you install in opt.

There is a howto somewhere that explains how to replace Iceweasel or you can just purge it - I think that does the trick...
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