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Suse Enterprise + updating to FireFox 3

I am installing Linux on my own computers for the very first time making me a newbie and like anyone starting on a new OS, floundering around very inefficiently.

I found this article for updating to FF3:
  http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/mikewillis/entry/of_firefox_3

Can someone tell me if there is a better way to update the dependencies and/or install FF3? My concerns are that:

1) YaST has an updater and so I thought I should be using that for things like glib (I gather that's a graphics library) however when I try to use it to update to the latest version it doesn't find the latest versions, instead it just re-updates with the versions already installed (even after selecting various "update" options).

2) Will the export commands hold if I reboot or will I need to redo them each time (in which case please tell me how to make them permanent). I ask because when I log into my ISP using ssh and use export, every time I re-login I have to re-export - but that could just the way the ISP set it up.

3) Installing FF3 I thought should be put through the YaST software/package manager somehow. However, I can't figure out exactly how to do it. I looked at YaST:Software:Add-in and YaST:Software:everything_else and couldn't really figure out how to add FF3 to the YaST software management.

One important criteria. I am software developer so it would be nice to be able to install FF3 separately of the current FF2 so I can test HTML/CSS/JS code in both versions however I would like to update the current FF2 install because it is "cut down" from the normal FF in that there are no facilities for add-ons, setting options etc.

I did go carefully through my install setup so I do have the "developer" and other optionally installed packages installed that are not normally installed by default in Suse Enterprise.

I'm logged in as "root" so permissions, so far, have not been an issue. These I do understand to so extent just from using ftp and ssh.

Also, an recommendations on where to put these tar'ed files and installed file appreciated. I was thinking:

/root/added_packages/archives for storing the tar's
and
/opt/package_name for the actual install

However if there some convention I should use, please do tell.

Any help greatly appreciated!
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tjilpCommented:
hello,

Next time you might want to give the official suse repositories a try

here is the link to the repo
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/SLE_10/

and here is the howto for adding a repo in yast
http://en.opensuse.org/Add_Package_Repositories_to_YaST

then simply use yast2->software to update/install firefox 3

ofcourse, this takes all the fun out of it
Thilp
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RegProctorAuthor Commented:
I might have to do it the fun way because I am, if you look a the title, using the enterprise version. In that, the "Software Repositories" option is not on the menu.

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RegProctorAuthor Commented:
I'm installing OpenSuse on my other computer. Looking at the install I can't see any reason use suse enterprise. It looks only useful for as it suggests, enterprises. Perhaps the solution is to just use OpenSuse?
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tjilpCommented:
I have been working with sles for several years and i have been adding my own and public repos all the time via several kind of network file systems.(smb,nfs,ftp,http)

here is a little howto on how to add a repo in sles

to install a repo under sles start yast
select software
select installation source
select add
select specify url
paste the above repo url into it
select next (and wait)
trust the key
klik finish

and indeed suse linux enterprise is a very limited version of suse, this is because novell cannot possibly give support on all the packages that exist for linux. (this goes for all the enterprise distros).
That is the reason why I run opensuse. (that and because its more up to date)

So the software repositories option is on the SLES menu, but maby I misunderstood and you meant that it is not on your menu.

And for the ff2 and f3 on the same machine question, maybe you should consider a virtual machine, that way you got a true sandbox in which you can do anything without having to fear for loss or damage.
There are a dozen virtual machines available for sles for free a few examples : (xen (default on sles) , virtualbox, qemu)

Tjilp
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RegProctorAuthor Commented:
This is really what I needed. I'm moving over to OpenSuse as I need things up to date and there seems to be more out there about it. Not only on the web but books too.
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