Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Install Firefox on Debian Linux

Firefox is a web browser for displaying web pages if someone does not know this information. The full name of Firefox is Mozilla Firefox.

To get Firefox, go to the site. I may need to click on Systems & Languages to choose the Linux version. Save the file in /home/user_name.

Start Terminal, type su and the password.

Use

cd /home/user_name 

to go to this directory. Type:

tar xjvf firefox-*.tar.bz2



I should see things like:

firefox/
firefox/mozilla-xremote-client
firefox/platform.ini
firefox/libsoftokn3.chk
firefox/libnssckbi.so
firefox/hyphenation/
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_nb.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_hr.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_sl.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_tr.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_eo.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_uk.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_sv.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_gl.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_fr.dic
firefox/hyphenation/hyph_hu.dic
...
firefox/libnspr4.so
firefox/chrome.manifest
firefox/removed-files
firefox/searchplugins/
firefox/searchplugins/wikipedia.xml
firefox/searchplugins/amazondotcom.xml
firefox/searchplugins/twitter.xml
firefox/searchplugins/yahoo.xml
firefox/searchplugins/google.xml
firefox/searchplugins/eBay.xml
firefox/searchplugins/bing.xml
firefox/libsoftokn3.so
firefox/libmozalloc.so
firefox/firefox
firefox/libfreebl3.chk
firefox/libfreebl3.so
firefox/libssl3.so
firefox/libnss3.so
firefox/crashreporter

Then, Firefox is installed.

To start Firefox, I double-click on "firefox" in /home/user_name/firefox.




Create shortcuts
Later, I can create a Desktop shortcut by right-clicking on the space in Desktop and choosing "Create Launcher...". I can also right-click the "Menu Panel" at the top to select "Edit Menus" and select "New Item" to add Firefox to the menu. I can also customize the look of the icons. See the article on icons.

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