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, Thad Floryan <thad@...> wrote:
> As I wrote recently, the folks at my best friend's house have an old
> HP Pavilion DV6000 laptop running Ubuntu 9.10 and they were recently
> informed (still don't know by what/whom) that the Firefox browser on
> it is too old. So I was asked if I could install a new version for
> them in a manner how I fixed that laptop on January 31, 2012, as I
> wrote here:
> Tue Jan 3, 2012 2:26 am
> "Unusual Ubuntu 9.10 failure and my fixes"
> which is still an interesting read about how I fixed a system on
> which all cognizance of the hard drive had disappeared due to a "bug"
> in that version of Ubuntu removing a USB thumb drive prematurely.
> I needed to test the CD/DVD drive on my "new" DC5850 desktop that
> arrived this week so I booted a Live CD of Ubuntu 9.10 and downloaded
> and installed Firefox 17.0.1 in /home/ubuntu and it worked perfectly.
> Voilà, problem solved, so it'll take me about 15 seconds to do the
> same on their system after dinner on 1-JAN-2013.
I just returned from my friends' home and the Firefox 17.0.1 install
went perfectly though I installed it before dinner (just took a few
seconds) -- we were able to watch the streaming video of Stanford
slamming Minnesota on ESPN3 in the kitchen while fixing dinner. :-)
> For the curious, here's the procedure how to do it:
> 1. read this page:
> and verify the libraries are present. I skipped this step just
> to see what would happen. :-)
> 2. read this page:
> and follow the instructions which are basically:
> a. download from <http://www.getfirefox.com/>
> b. cd ~
> c. tar xjf firefox-*.tar.bz2
> That's it. Run firefox per:
> $ ~/firefox/firefox
> or alter the Firefox icon launcher to point to the same location.
What I actually did was first change ownership on /opt, unpacked the
tar.bz in /opt, then tested "./firefox/firefox" and it came up fine.
Next step was to add a new icon to the top panel with the correct run
info, '/opt/firefox/firefox %u', and that was it. I left the old FF
on the system "just in case" and everything that we tested worked fine
and they were happy. Oddly, the Linux Firefox only got 99/100 whereas
the identical version on Win7 got 100/100 of the W3C browser test. If
you want to test your copies of any browser(s), visit here:
and scroll down to the lower left corner and click [TEST] in the
[Check Browser] box which will take you to:
> for the test.
> for info about the test
If you want to check web pages for standards conformance, the W3C page
validator is here: