This topic is now outdated
... there are now instructions for installing Firefox 7
here:Install Firefox 7 on an Acer Aspire One running Linpus Lite Linux
For people who have ALREADY upgraded their version of Firefox 2 to Firefox 4 following the tutorial on THIS forum, see the EDIT here:http://linuxforums.org.uk/netbooks/install-firefox-4-on-an-acer-aspire-one-running-linpus-lite-linux/
For those who HAVEN'T upgraded to Firefox 4, and are still on Firefox 2 ... read on.WARNING
- DO NOT uninstall Firefox 2
prior to installing Firefox 5... on Linpus Lite this will break your system, removing Firefox 2 will also remove a lot of necessary dependencies, including half of your desktop... simply reinstalling Firefox 2 will NOT fix this... so leave Firefox 2 alone
, and just follow the instructions below... none of which are irreversible
To install Firefox 5.0.1
on an Acer Aspire One that is running Linpus Lite Linux as it's operating system, and Firefox 2
as the web browser...
All commands given need to be entered into a terminal... to open a terminal, hit Alt+F2
.. in the input field enter terminal
and click the Run
button... a terminal will open... When the terminal opens, enter the following commands (hitting Enter
after each command to 'run' it)
(also remember Linux commands ARE case sensitive so enter exactly as shown, or even better copy and paste).
First, just in case you already have a newer version of Firefox installed than the version that came pre-installed on your AA1, run the following command to back it up:
sudo mv -v /opt/firefox /opt/firefox-backup
(don't worry if the above command fails, it just means you don't have a newer version)
Now use wget to download Firefox 5:
wget -O firefox-5.0.tar.bz2 "http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-5.0.1&os=linux&lang=en-GB"
(you can change the en-GB language variable on the end to any of the other language codes for FF5 that can be found HERE
Extract the just downloaded file to /opt .. create a plugins directory .. change the /opt/firefox directory owner .. rename the original firefox shell script (just in case you need to start the original firefox from the command line)... and add a symlink to point to Firefox 5:
sudo tar -jxvf firefox-5.0.tar.bz2 --directory /opt
sudo mkdir /opt/firefox/plugins
sudo chown user -R /opt/firefox
sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/original-firefox
sudo ln -fs /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Now, link all old plugins to the new firefox/plugins directory:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /opt/firefox/plugins
Ok that's Firefox 5 installed, but if you attempt to start it now you will get an error similar to:
firefox/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by firefox/libxul.so)
So next you need to put a copy of libstdc++.so.6
in the /opt/firefox directory... Firefox 5 requires this file to be installed on your system but it isn't available in the linpus lite repos... so use wget to download it from my dropbox:
and unpack it directly into the /opt/firefox directory:
sudo tar -jxvf libstdc++6.tar.bz2 --directory /opt/firefox
Launch Firefox's profile manager:
firefox -profilemanager -no-remote
Create a new profile... you can name it anything you like... and select it.
As a bonus you can also change the icon to the official Firefox icon. (though this *isn't* necessary)
sudo sed '/Icon/ s/acs_//' -i /usr/share/applications/linpus-web.desktop
Finally reboot the AA1 to make the desktop aware of the new icon and browser location.
Most of the credit must go to macles.blogspot:http://macles.blogspot.com/2008/07/installing-firefox-3-on-acer-aspire-one.html
I've just modified the instruction slightly for FF5, and added the libstdc++.so.6 file (from fedora 10 32bit) which is needed by FF4 / FF5 / FF6.
For instructions on how to upgrade the flashplayer
plugin, see here:http://linuxforums.org.uk/netbooks/acer-aspire-one-linpus-lite-flash-player/msg62581/#msg62581