Installing Firefox 3.0 under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x17 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.
- Download the archive, firefox-3.0.tar.bz2.
- 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
tar -xjvf firefox-3.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt/
- Make sure that you have
compat-libstdc++-33(a Gnome C++ compatibility library):
If not, then as root install it:
rpm -qa | grep compat-libstdc++-33
yum install compat-libstdc++-33
- To avoid conflicts with SELinux, as root run
(If you didn't install the directory in
chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /opt/firefox/libxul.so
/opt, or renamed the
firefoxdirectory, then you'll need to modify the above final argument to
- You'll need a
.desktopfile for Firefox (though you may already have one). As root, edit/create
/usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop, ensuring that it reads
(Again, if you didn't install in
[Desktop Entry] Categories=Application;Network;X-Red-Hat-Base; Type=Application Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Firefox Comment='WWW browser' Exec='/opt/firefox/firefox' Icon='/opt/firefox/icons/mozicon128.png' Terminal=false
/opt, or changed the name of the
firefoxdirectory, then you'll need to change the above accordingly.)
- Log out and back in or restart the system (to up-date the GUI).