I am using Slackware 14 in my machine which is coming with firefox 15 pre-installed. But as newer versions of firefox came out I badly wanted to try them out. I could have used slackpkg or txz packages or slackbuild but I thought I could give a shot to the binaries from Mozilla site.
System : Slackware 14 on a Dell Vostro 1015n laptop. Software version : Firefox 21
so here goes the steps
Ensure that you have all the required libraries
GTK+ 2.18 or higher GLib 2.22 or higher Pango 1.14 or higher X.Org 1.0 or higher (1.7 or higher is recommended) libstdc++ 4.3 or higher
Mozilla recommends that a Linux system also have the following libraries or packages installed:
NetworkManager 0.7 or higher DBus 1.0 or higher HAL 0.5.8 or higher GNOME 2.16 or higher
Luckily Slackware 14 is coming with all the necessary libraries so don’t have to worry about that.
Download the correct file :
As 32 bit version will not run in 64 bit os without some libraries and viseversa.
Copy the file to /opt/ :
# cp "firefox.tar.bz2" /opt
Extract the file :
# tar -xjvf /opt/firefox.tar.bz2
Create an entry in /usr/bin :
# ln -fs /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
To remove/uninstall firefox :
#rm -rf /opt/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
If flash player is not working after the installation, that is probably because in the new installation plugin directory is changed. So you can fix it by copying the ‘libflashplayer.so’ file to the corresponding plugin directory.
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