Non Distro versus Distroversions of Web browsers

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Non Distro versus Distroversions of Web browsers

Postby BillFoster » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:41 pm

[color=black][/color]I would very much like the opinions of Linux Experts/gurus on whether it is better to update to the latest version of Firefox or SeaMonkey; manually installing as necessary, or to stick to the version supplied by that particular Linux Distribution, relying on rather delayed updates.
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Postby nelz » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:55 pm

What about an option to use a distro that provides timely updates?
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Postby BillFoster » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:29 pm

I didn't think of that.
But are there any distros that update to the latest version of Firefox & Seamonkey?
I've not seen any!
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Postby Rhakios » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:43 pm

OpenSUSE, at least if you add the right repos (using 11.0 with Firefox3.5.3). :)
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Postby BillFoster » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:39 pm

Currently I have Suse 11.1 / Fedora 11 / Mandriva free 2009
on this computers second hard drive.
I do have have ( I think ) the correct update repos
None of these has updated Seamonkey from version 1.1.17 to 1.1.18
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Postby Rhakios » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:39 pm

Well I'm still using 11.0, but I don't believe 11.1 won't be up to date as well. When I look at the software installer I see Seamonkey at 1.1.18 available from the mozilla repository. You probably haven't added that one, it's one of the listed community repositories.
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Postby BillFoster » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:25 pm

I would have thought so: and I would imagine the same applies to Fedora 11 and Mandriva free2009
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Postby nelz » Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:38 pm

BillFoster wrote:But are there any distros that update to the latest version of Firefox & Seamonkey?


Yes, I got a package manager update to 3.5.3 the morning after it was released.

BillFoster wrote:I've not seen any!


I've not seen a Unicorn, doesn't mean they don't exist :)
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Postby leke » Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:52 pm

Linux Mint has crippled the google tool bar results. It's probably the most used feature on the browser (for me at least).

It's something to do with revenue.
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:10 pm

You wouldn't like to make that avatar a little smaller would you leke.
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Postby BillFoster » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:46 pm

1) I think I can be certain beyond reasonable doubt that unicorns do not exist, and I Like the bug avatar.

2) OK OK: I get the message. Make sue that the repositaries are correctly set, including the Mozilla repositary, and then Mozilla web browsers will be upgraded to latest version

3) But I cannot see that manually installing seamonkey and firefoxto /usr/local can do any harm, except that I do not know how to add the applicaion to the distros list of installed apps.

4) I do notice that after installing the latest version of Sun java Run time environment that a lot of people have trouble knowing where the plugins directory is located, to put in a symbolic link to the Sun Java Plugin. I found a lot of that in Open Suse forums.
I instaled the Sun Java after installing Webmin & Usermin, which use Java.
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Postby nelz » Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:57 pm

BillFoster wrote:1) I think I can be certain beyond reasonable doubt that unicorns do not exist, and I Like the bug avatar.


Maybe, but not having seen one yourself doesn't prove their lack of existence. I've never seen an honest politician either :)

BillFoster wrote:3) But I cannot see that manually installing seamonkey and firefoxto /usr/local can do any harm, except that I do not know how to add the applicaion to the distros list of installed apps.


You can't, and there's the harm. You don't get notification of security updates.
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Postby BillFoster » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:58 am

Well:thank you for your comments, which have been generally helpful & constructive.
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Postby leke » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:05 am

Rhakios wrote:You wouldn't like to make that avatar a little smaller would you leke.
Whoh, what happened there? How ironic.
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:25 pm

No idea, did someone shrink it for you?
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