Manual Firefox 1.5b1 install on Fedora Core 4

This should work on other similar systems.

su or login as root first.

# wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/1.5b1/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-1.5b1.tar.gz

# cd /usr/lib
# tar xzvf ~/firefox-1.5b1.tar.gz
# mv firefox firefox-1.5b1
# which firefox
/usr/bin/firefox
# cd /usr/bin/
# mv firefox old.firefox
# ln -s /usr/lib/firefox-1.5b1/firefox .

That should do it, and shouldn't affect any of your launchers or file associations.

[update]  It appears that you may need the compat libs for this to work.  If you use a package manager, search for 'compat' and you should find something like compat-libstdc++ or libstdc++-compat.  If you install them FF should be happy.

4 thoughts on “Manual Firefox 1.5b1 install on Fedora Core 4

  1. I tried this and it didn’t work for me. I click on my Fedora Core 4 launcher and I get the hourglass… Same goes for all other fire fox icons. Something’s wrong.

    I copied every single line after the # sign and entered it while logged on as root and I’m screwed again. So much for trying to update to Firefox 1.5

  2. Here’s what I get:

    [root@localhost ~]# htmlview %u
    /usr/lib/firefox-1.5/firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    What does this mean?

    Thanks. – Joseph

  3. You’re probably missing the compatibility libs.

    There should be some FC4 rpms (get through yum maybe?) called compat-libstdc++-*.
    If you get them FF should work.

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