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April 1, 2009

How do I upgrade Firefox without upgrading my distro?

Do I have to update to Hardy or is there another way to upgrade to the latest version of Firefox?

There is a nice way to upgrade a firefox to latest version, which I have...

There is a nice way to upgrade a firefox to latest version, which I have learnt recently.

1. Download ubuntuzilla deb from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuntuzilla/

2. run ubuntuzilla.py which asks to upgrade to latest version.

3. At the end it asks for checking Firefox update frequently. If you say y, next time you will be promt to upgrade firefox when update is available.

More info:
http://maketecheasier.com/easily-upgrade-your-firefox-to-35-in-ubuntu/20...

HTH

However Firefox can also be upgraded using system upgrade depedent method. i.e You have to look at System updater menu and select the appropriate firefox update. Here i assume that you have configured system updater.

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#9 BigC 2009-05-23 04:56 All you would have to do is go over to www.mozilla...

#9 BigC 2009-05-23 04:56 All you would have to do is go over to www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and click download the latest version of firefox. then after that you would open it up and let it install itself.

BigC, I am sorry, but I think your answer is way too simplistic; I do not see any way that the Mozilla package is going to "just install itself"! What will happen is that you will get either a file with a tar.gz extension or a tar.bz2 extension. I do not believe that every system will automatically know what to do with these files; in fact, most won't. What you generally have to do with these files is save them somewhere you know where they will be.

In this case, open a terminal, then run the command: tar xjvf firefox-3.0.10.tar.bz2

From there, the firefox program will be available in the expanded directory, which relative to the location you downloaded the file, is firefox/firefox, for example, /home/masinick/firefox/firefox

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#9 BigC 2009-05-23 04:56 All you would have to do is go over to www.mozilla...

#9 BigC 2009-05-23 04:56 All you would have to do is go over to www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and click download the latest version of firefox. then after that you would open it up and let it install itself.

BigC, I am sorry, but I think your answer is way too simplistic; I do not see any way that the Mozilla package is going to "just install itself"! What will happen is that you will get either a file with a tar.gz extension or a tar.bz2 extension. I do not believe that every system will automatically know what to do with these files; in fact, most won't. What you generally have to do with these files is save them somewhere you know where they will be.

In this case, open a terminal, then run the command: tar xjvf firefox-3.0.10.tar.bz2

From there, the firefox program will be available in the expanded directory, which relative to the location you downloaded the file, is firefox/firefox, for example, /home/masinick/firefox/firefox

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All you would have to do is go over to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and...

All you would have to do is go over to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and click download the latest version of firefox. then after that you would open it up and let it install itself

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All you would have to do is go over to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and...

All you would have to do is go over to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ and click download the latest version of firefox. then after that you would open it up and let it install itself

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It's true that you're probably going to have to build something from source,...

It's true that you're probably going to have to build something from source, however, the typical path one would take for an OS that's still supported and you don't want to upgrade the whole OS is to use Backports. This is the kind of situation that backports is meant to accomodate. I would recommend using pinning to keep you from blowing away any other programs that exist in backports. Unfortunately since gutsy is no longer supported, you're kind of out of luck, but for the future, here's some good reading for Backports in Ubuntu:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports

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It's true that you're probably going to have to build something from source,...

It's true that you're probably going to have to build something from source, however, the typical path one would take for an OS that's still supported and you don't want to upgrade the whole OS is to use Backports. This is the kind of situation that backports is meant to accomodate. I would recommend using pinning to keep you from blowing away any other programs that exist in backports. Unfortunately since gutsy is no longer supported, you're kind of out of luck, but for the future, here's some good reading for Backports in Ubuntu:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports

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Kunal, unfortunately, your answer is inaccurate. apt-get update refreshes the...

Kunal, unfortunately, your answer is inaccurate. apt-get update refreshes the package cache, apt-get install installs an aoplication, so if you have the version that you want available, then sudo apt-get update first to update the cache, then sudo apt-get install firefox (Ubuntu).

The problem with this is that our friend was using an older version of Ubuntu and the newest browser was not available, and that is why we had provided the alternatives of either upgrading to a newer version or grabbing the latest browser from the Mozilla site.

Understand the difference?

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Kunal, unfortunately, your answer is inaccurate. apt-get update refreshes the...

Kunal, unfortunately, your answer is inaccurate. apt-get update refreshes the package cache, apt-get install installs an aoplication, so if you have the version that you want available, then sudo apt-get update first to update the cache, then sudo apt-get install firefox (Ubuntu).

The problem with this is that our friend was using an older version of Ubuntu and the newest browser was not available, and that is why we had provided the alternatives of either upgrading to a newer version or grabbing the latest browser from the Mozilla site.

Understand the difference?

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If you are using ubuntu:$ apt-get update firefox...

If you are using ubuntu:
$ apt-get update firefox

If you are using Debian:
$ apt-get update iceweasel

If you are using fedora:
$ yum update firefox

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