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Ernie
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Posted:7/31/2009 5:00:00 AM # 1
Hello: 

I have had my Eee PC 4G/Linux netbook for almost two years and I have been very happy with it. 

Problem:  I do not know much about the Linux o/s since I primarily use MS PCs when I am not using my Eee PC.  How do I update my old Firefox browser to a more current version?  I've tried to download but that process doesn't seem to work. 

Any advice would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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JoeF
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Posted:8/1/2009 5:58:00 AM # 2
You don't say what distro you have. I am not sure if Xandros (the Linux distro Asus ships) has Firefox 3 packaged. If so, you could just use the update tool that Xandros provides.
I am running Easy Peasy (formerly Ubuntu Eee) and it uses the default Debian/Ubuntu apt-get program (actually wrapped in a nice GUI.)

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Ernie
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Posted:8/1/2009 4:09:00 PM # 3
My EEE netbook still has the original KDE o/s that ASUS packaged with the machine.  I do not have any further info regarding what distro it may be.  The Firefox program I have as part of the package is version 2.4. 

When I run the browser, I get reminders to update to a higher version.  When I try to update by downloading the (Linux) version of Firefox 3.0, it seems to download but does not install.  Any idea what I 'm doing wrong?

Thanks again!

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Posted:8/2/2009 7:58:00 PM # 4
i have the same problem to resolve, but what i am not shure is if firefox 3 is not to big to use resources of the eee pc 4GB-linux.
i changed my motherboard in india because my prozessor was burnt. (overheated) and the asus service did a new motherboard into my pc which had us/chinese language and standards and not like mine in german-keyboard and language. so i found out that the resources are very lmited when i just wanted to put updates and wanted to work with extern programs (f.exemple GIMP) home in europe i had to find out how to eliminate my operation system and  remake my "old" OS from scratch.it worked very fine, the only thing which take me alot of time was to reinstall all my adresses in thunderbird, log ins, favorites and such things (addons ect.) and this time i was carful with updating and said that sometimes it is just better to use the "old" firefox 2.4 instead of the fast and new one 3.0.i would be very clad to know if it is possible to work with the memory and storage size the eee pc has.
FOR INSTALLING;
i know that you have to download the ins.tallfile to the desktop folder, open the CONSOLE in Filemanager/ extra and work with apt-get.
when i had to resolve a installing problem, i did it 2 or three times and it worked, but my "luck" worked because BEFORE i red in many forums many times and you have to work very carefully that the computer  afterwards still works fine.
godd luck. floriamo

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Posted:8/2/2009 9:20:00 PM # 5

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Author: Ernie Posted: 7/31/2009 5:00:00 AM

 How do I update my old Firefox browser to a more current version?


Download the file firefox-3.5.1.tar.bz2. Save it to some directory (/home/user for example).
Note the file extension is .tar.bz2 this is a compressed archive, further compressed with the bunzip2 algorithm.
You need to extract the archive. Open a terminal an CD to the directory where you saved the file.
Example:
cd /home/user
Now extract the archive:
sudo tar xjvf firefox-3.5.1.tar.bz2

When it is extracted, copy or move the file to /opt
If you want to do this graphically with the file manager, open the file manager from the terminal with root permissions:
sudo konqueror

Check the command on the Application tab of the desktop shortcut and the Launch menu entry for it. it should be: /opt/firefox/firefox (the location of the upgraded version).

You *may* have to re-install your plugins. i.e. flash, java, etc

JD


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Posted:8/8/2009 3:46:00 AM # 6
This is what I'm getting...

/media/MMC-SD/partition1/Programs> sudo tar xjvf firefox-3.5.2.tar.bz2

bzip2: Compressed file ends unexpectedly;

perhaps it is corrupted? *Possible* reason follows.

bzip2: Inappropriate ioctl for device

Input file = (stdin), output file = (stdout)

It is possible that the compressed file(s) have become corrupted.

You can use the -tvv option to test integrity of such files.

You can use the `bzip2recover' program to attempt to recover

data from undamaged sections of corrupted files.

tar: Child returned status 2

tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

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Posted:8/8/2009 3:56:00 AM # 7
Download and save the file to the hard drive and not removable media.

JD

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Posted:8/8/2009 4:16:00 AM # 8
Still getting the same message after moving back on the hard drive.

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Posted:8/8/2009 4:21:00 AM # 9
New download, or did you move the possibly corrupted one?

JD

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Posted:8/8/2009 4:28:00 AM # 10
firefox-3.5.2.tar.bz2 should be 9.4MB (9,863,958B)
md5sum: 4fc6c92ac40cc52acfb6daf338062a35

You can verify the md5sum by running the command:
md5sum
firefox-3.5.2.tar.bz2
From the directory the file is in.

JD

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