Installing Firefox on Ubuntu 7.x

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I still haven’t upgraded my PC to Ubuntu 8, so I was really depressed to find out that Ubuntu 7.10 stopped at Firefox 2 and wasn’t going to be offering version 3.  I’m the laziest person on the face of the earth so I wasn’t looking forward to doing this manually, but here’s how I installed Firefox 3:

Download the Linux tarball from http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

sudo tar -C /opt -jxvf firefox-3.0.1.tar.bz2

sudo cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozillabackup

sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

cd /opt/firefox/plugins/

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/* .

sudo dpkg-divert –divert /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu –rename /usr/bin/firefox

sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

sudo dpkg-divert –divert /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox.ubuntu –rename /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

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