Fedora Chokes on Firefox

Posted by Nessa | Posted in uncategorized | Posted on 17-06-2008



We use Fedora in my Linux classes at school, so I was equally pissed off of when I found out that the stock firefox installation doesn’t support ssl…in other words you can’t get to secure pages. Since the entire schooli ntranet is on a secure connection it pretty much sucks when you can’t access your email and assignments. I was the only person in the class who was able to fix this and be able to finish my shit during class instead of doing it for homework.

The error you get when accessing secure pages in Firefox on Fedora is:

Unexpected response from server
Firefox doesn’t know how to communicate with the server.

You can fix this in three commands:

yum update nss (or yum install nss, if it’s not installed)
yum remove firefox
yum install firefox

Installing Firefox on Ubuntu 7.x

Posted by Nessa | Posted in uncategorized | Posted on 02-06-2008



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