Installing Firefox 1.5
art.alexion at verizon.net
Thu Feb 9 14:48:07 UTC 2006
I forgot to explain the benefits and risks of this after starting with a
By initially running from ~/temp/firefox, relevant file and subdirectory
ownerships were set to user ~, and remained so after moving to /opt.
This has the advantage of being able to take advantage of the
auto-updates that are part of 1.5, and the ability to install extensions
without starting Firefox as root.
The disadvantage involves potential security issues.
Art Alexion wrote:
>I am not sure if this is safe, so I can't really recommend it, but...
>I initially extracted the .tar.gz to ~/temp/firefox, discovered that I
>didn't have to "install" it, i.e. that the extraction created a self
>contained working copy. When I decided that I preferred it and that
>there were no conflicts, I moved it
> sudo mv ~/temp/firefox /opt/
> cd /usr/local/bin
> sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox
>If you use Thunderbird for mail and want it to open http/https links in
>1.5, use the Thunderbird extension about:config.
>You can't remove the Ubuntu default version with apt-get remove as it
>will break other apps that use its gecko engine.
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