[K12OSN] How to upgrade Firefox?

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Oct 4 06:34:21 UTC 2008

It most certainly works going the other way.  I did it with FF3 on my 
K12LTSP 4.2EL box shortly before upgrading said box to 5.0EL.

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David Hopkins wrote:
> Here are the instructions (verbatim) that Terrell posted on my request
> of how to downgrade from FF3.  except for step 10 where the link name
> is missing. I added what I used.  I'm guessing that they should just
> work going the other way as well?  The other thing I have also found
> useful is using gconf-editor to make sure that the panel launchers
> launch mozilla-firefox.desktop as opposed to the default setting.
> Sincerely,
> Dave Hopkins
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> RPM repositories aren't always the answer.  You could do it the same
> way I do it on some of my systems (CentOS, Slackware, etc.).  Just
> download the Firefox 2 tarball (not the "installer" package, I mean
> the other one, it's about 9.3MB), un-tar it into, say, the
> "/usr/local/firefox2" directory, and symlink /usr/bin/firefox to
> /usr/local/firefox2/firefox.  Boom, you should be good to go.
> Here's how I do it, step by step:
> 1.)  Download Firefox 2.x to some directory (we'll say /home/temporary
> for this example).
> 2.)  Become root.
> 3.)  cd /usr/local
> 4.)  tar -xvzf /home/temporary/firefox-2.0.0.x.tar.gz
> 5.)  ls -l  (you should see a "firefox" directory now)
> 6.)  mv firefox firefox2.0.0.x  (this is just for you to remember
> which version of FF it is)
> 7.)  ln -s /usr/local/firefox2.0.0.x /usr/local/firefox  (just a
> symlink to make it slightly easier to upgrade later, not required)
> 8.)  cd /usr/bin
> 9.)  mv firefox firefox.bak
> 10.)  ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox  firefox
> And then, give 'er a spin.  You should be able to click on any of the
> "Firefox Web Browser" icons and have v2.0.0.x come up.
> --TP
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 1:33 PM, Joseph Bishay <joseph.bishay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I hope everyone is doing well.
>>  I am running ltsp on fedora core 6 (k12LTSP) but the browse is
>> version 1something. I need to upgrade to 2 as some sites no longer
>> work. I followed the instructions here:
>> http://note19.com/2007/05/19/how-to-update-to-firefox-2-on-fedora-6/
>> and yum was successful but now when I start firefox nothing at all
>> happens. Literally nothing. Neither command like or icon work. It just
>> accepts the command or double-click and just returns me to the screen
>> or command prompt.
>> what should I do?
>>  Thank you.
>>  Joseph
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