Anna Shipman : JFDI

A Voyage of Discovery – Upgrading Firefox Part 2

27 July 2011

Right, it turned out my next step was not a chat with Joe Halliwell but instead with my good friend and mentor, Dolan O'Toole, and what I thought might be a voyage of discovery into how to make my installation of firefox run like a normal program turned out to be just a short trip of discovery to finding out that I hadn't actually been looking in the right places.

After helpfully pointing out that I "sound like a linux newbie :)" (yes, yes I am), Dolan explained where I'd gone wrong: "You followed the instuctions as they are. The only thing you weren't aware of is that most of the time, someone would have done a build of a program for ubuntu and put it in an apt repository, usually on launchpad. I usually search for something like "firefox 5 ubuntu 10.10" if I need to install something before I resort to manual installations."

Good tip, and here it is:

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/06/firefox-5-lands-in-firefox-stable-ppa.html

So – I have learned that it's not quite as straightforward as finding the instructions and then following them – you also have to know stuff. That's OK though. And at least I have firefox the way I want it now. I'm sure there'll be another opportunity to get my hands dirty...

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