Wednesday, December 27, 2006

How to install Firefox 2.0 in Linux?


Installing Firefox 2.0 in Linux

Firefox 2.0 is out for some time now and has proved its worth to the whole world within this short time! Traditionally, you can upgrade your existing Firefox install in Linux whenever specific builds were available later on. Since it will take some time for official release of specific build for specific Linux distribution, presently, you cannot install Firefox through traditional methods like (RPM) package updater.

Still, you can use Firefox 2.0 in your Linux installation, even without installation or package upgrade. Just follow following step-by-step guide:

Step 1 : Download Firefox 2.0 for Linux from this official Firefox download link:

http://www.mozilla.com/products/download.html?product=firefox-2.0.0.1&os=linux&lang=en-US

As you can see, the downloaded file is in compressed tar gz format. Uncompress it in any directory, in which you have read-write permission. After uncompression, it will create a directory firefox-2.0.0.1 with a subdirectory firefox.

Step 2 : Change to the directory in which you have uncompressed the files, and change to subdirectory firefox within directory firefox-2.0.0.1.

Here, you can see various files, binaries and scripts. There is a script updater which can be used to update Firefox. Here, you will find a binary file called firefox. Simply run this binary file by giving following command and your Firefox 2.0 browser will be up and running.

# ./firefox

Set the Firefox 2 as default browser of your Linux machine, and whenever you will launch your default web browser, Firefox 2.0 will be launched automatically.

Alternately, you can create a shortcut of Firefox Launcher (for firefox binary file described above) on your Linux desktop.

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