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Non Distro versus Distroversions of Web browsers
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Stay with distro version?
yes
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No
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Maybe
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:41 pm    Post subject: Non Distro versus Distroversions of Web browsers Reply with quote

[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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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about an option to use a distro that provides timely updates?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OpenSUSE, at least if you add the right repos (using 11.0 with Firefox3.5.3). Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have thought so: and I would imagine the same applies to Fedora 11 and Mandriva free2009
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wouldn't like to make that avatar a little smaller would you leke.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Smile

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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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well:thank you for your comments, which have been generally helpful & constructive.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea, did someone shrink it for you?
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