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Old 28-04-2012
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How to Install Firefox on CentOS 6

I wanted to install the latest version of Firefox and it promises for the first time, manage memory much better and so do not consume all computer resources within hours of work with this browser. In one of my computers I use GNU / Linux CentOS 6 which is mainly focused on servers and updates directly from Red Hat line. For this reason the software versions are slow to update. Unfortunately the version of Firefox that includes the current version of CentOS is 3.6.9 so you can assume it will take quite reach the 6.0.

This article explains the steps to manually install Firefox 6.0 on CentOS 6, but these steps can be implemented generically in most major Linux distributions.

Get Firefox.
Download the latest distribution package of Firefox for Linux on the language you want. In my case I got firefox-6.0.tar.bz2 file after download.

Install Firefox.

This will install the newly downloaded version of Firefox under / opt.
# Firefox-6.0.tar.bz2 tar xjvf 
# Mkdir-p / opt / firefox / 
# Mv firefox / / opt/firefox/6.0 /
It removes the executable displayed by the previous version of Firefox.
# Mv / usr / bin / firefox / usr/bin/firefox_3.6.9
Establish alternative versions.

Alternatives are used to differentiate versions of Firefox installed and choose one as active as desired. To do this you create the two alternatives.
# Alternatives-install / usr / bin / firefox firefox / usr/lib/firefox-3.6/firefox 1 
# Alternatives-install / usr / bin / firefox firefox / opt/firefox/6.0/firefox 2
Finallyversion 6.0 is configured as an active alternative.
# Alternatives-config firefox
There are 2 programs Which Provide 'firefox'.
Selection Command 
1 / usr/lib/firefox-3.6/firefox 
2 / opt/firefox/6.0/firefox
Enter to keep the current selection [+], or type selection number: 2

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Old 30-04-2012
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 163
Re: How to Install Firefox on CentOS 6

The version of Firefox that brings CentOS 6.2 is the 3.6, at which lacks one very interesting for me, which is the complement Sync . To upgrade to the current version of Firefox (currently the 10) have to do what siquiente (as root):
  • Enable repositories EPEL and Famillecollet
  • Firefox update from the last repository:
# yum --enablerepo=remi update firefox
And that's it.
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