Installing Firefox 3.0 under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x

17 June 2008

If you're actually trying to install another version of Firefox, then click on the Firefox tag, as there may be an entry on that other version.

[Update (2 Jul): Red Hat has released a Firefox 3.0 .rpm, and I would recommend now using it.]

Firefox 3.0 has been released. I imagine that someone will soon provide an .rpm; but, for now, Red Hat users will have to install things from a tarball.

  1. Download the archive, firefox-3.0.tar.bz2.
  2. The tarball contains a directory, firefox, which should be dropped-in as a sub-directory of something. If you want to ponder where, then study the FHS. As for me, as root, I put it in /opt:
    tar -xjvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt/
  3. Make sure that you have compat-libstdc++-33 (a Gnome C++ compatibility library):
    rpm -qa | grep compat-libstdc++-33
    If not, then as root install it:
    yum install compat-libstdc++-33
  4. To avoid conflicts with SELinux, as root run
    chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /opt/firefox/
    (If you didn't install the directory in /opt, or renamed the firefox directory, then you'll need to modify the above final argument to chcon accordingly.)
  5. You'll need a .desktop file for Firefox (though you may already have one). As root, edit/create /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop, ensuring that it reads
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment='WWW browser'
    (Again, if you didn't install in /opt, or changed the name of the firefox directory, then you'll need to change the above accordingly.)
  6. Log out and back in or restart the system (to up-date the GUI).

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