Convert Microsoft to LINUX: Install Firefox Browser
This is another great browser. I use it on my MAC and
Linux systems and love it. It is far superior to the built in
Konqueror browser that comes with most Linux systems. You can even
install it in Microsoft Windows operating systems!
Firefox Download Site Instructions
You will be asked what is your version of Linux, MAC or Windows.
Please select the appropiate one. Note, if you are using Ubuntu
it comes with a built in Firefox usually at a much lower version
than the current one available. This is now version 3.55 as of
December 1, 2009. To install do the following:
Go to a terminal prompt and type sudo su followed by your
You should now be at a root prompt. Remove the current version of
Firefox by typing
apt-get remove firefox
Note, I assume you are using Ubuntu here. Otherwise type the
appropriate remove command.
If you are using Ubuntu just type:
apt-get install firefox-3.5
- Otherwise, download and save the appropriate tarball to your desktop,
- Untar the tarball with the following two commands in your Desktop
bzip2 -d firefox-3.55-tar.bz2
tar -xvf firefox-3.55.tar
This will create a firefox directory under your Desktop directory. Note, your version
names may differ. You must first unzip the binary zip2 file of extension .bz2
and then untar the tarball you get in two seperate steps.
- I assume you are using Ubuntu and have a directory of
/usr/lib/firefox . This is the default directory.
Now we need to synchronize this directory. Here I will
assume you want to overwrite it. Do this by typing:
rsync -a --delete /home/user1/Desktop/firefox/ /usr/lib/firefox
- To test type
Firefox should now launch. When you click on help about it should
say it is version 42.
You want to go to directory /usr/bin at a terminal prompt and
make sure firefox has a symbolic link:
victor@victor-900HA:/usr/bin$ ls -al firefox
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 Nov 18 08:46 firefox -> ../lib/firefox/firefox
if the link is not there type:
ln -s ../lib/firefox/firefox firefox
Sometimes there may be a mistaken link linking to firefox.bin or firefox.sh
instead. You can simply remove the link in the /usr/bin directory
You may get prompted and asked if this is ok, then recreate the link as
One last gotcha . This one stumped me for 3 hours. You may sometimes find that all of a sudden the ability to search on the web in the location/address
bar is gone. To fix this type at the address bar:
At the search type keyword
Click on toggle to set keyword.enabled = true
Now you will be able to search in the location bar. It seems like in
version 43 of Firefox, this defaulted to false and messed everything up.
Installing Flash Adobe Plugin
First check your current version of plugins by typing:
at the http address line on Firefox.
To install the latest flash plugin go to the adobe website and grab
the tarball. Then do the folowing:
tar -zxvf install_adobe_flash.gz
sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
Be Careful about installing Plugins
Warning, please be real careful about installing addons! I installed the ICQ add on from Facebook and it
wants you to use its search engine and its address bar to get to a website. After removing the addon and reinstalling
Firefox, I still had the same problem. It is in some config file some where but I could not find it. The solution
was to totally remove Firefox, i.e. not just apt-get remove firefox-3.5 but also at the command terminal line:
rm -R /usr/share/firefox
rm -R /usr/lib/firefox
rm -R /root/.mozilla/
rm -R /home/victor/.mozilla/