GrannyGeek, how do you get to install FF? I cannot seem to be able to get it going. I get the following message:
How do I determine if I have all the packages that it needs?
Any info would be appreciated.
I go to mozilla.org and click on Firefox--Free Download. As root I move the firefox-7.0.1.tar.bz2 to /opt. Then with Midnight Commander I highlight the file and select F2 (Unpack selected file). It expands into a directory that should have just about everything Firefox needs. I run ldconfig to make sure any new libraries are added to what the system is aware of. Then as user I run the firefox executable file in the new directory from a terminal and note any error messages. If things are working, I make a symlink in usr/bin to the firefox executable. Plugins are in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and you usually don't need to touch those unless you are updating Flash.
Some error messages are either bogus or don't matter. If the program runs, that's all that counts unless it turns out to crash a lot. I haven't had to deal with that. I guess I'd go back to a version that didn't crash.
Remember that if you're running the executable in its own directory, you must type
and not just
I'm at VL7 RC3.4 as I type this but I'm pretty sure that's what I do in VL6 Light. I use VL6 Light every day because it's on my laptop and I do most of my Web visits, forums, and e-mail on my laptop while I watch TV in the evening. My VL6 Light is quite elderly now. I do use kernel something.31.8, I think, not the kernel that came with VL6 originally. I got the newer kernel from our repos. I haven't done any other major library updates and don't think there's anything particularly special about my VL6 Light.
I wish I could be more precise. When I turn on the laptop tonight I need to install a new SeaMonkey, which is done exactly the same way. I'll make sure I didn't leave out a step in what I wrote above.
To be clear, you're not using a VL package for Firefox and SeaMonkey. You're using the self-contained binary file you download from Mozilla.org. It should be independent of any distro.