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setting up firefox in centos 5.x /gnome

nsriram
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The centos package came with 3.05.. I downloaded the 3.5 archive from the net and "tar jxf firefox.tar.bz2" as a user (not root) and then am able to launch it from the folder with "./firefox"  I understand that this means that this is only available for the current user

What I'd like to do on the gnome desktop is to create links (with the firefox icon) that launches this new 3.5 version.  Creating a link on the firefox creates a shortcut that doesnt quite seem to know that it needs to run (it keeps asking that question).  Also how do I associate an icon with the shortcut link on the desktop and also modify the link from the launcher menu on top of the screen under applications-->internet.  Its also not clear how to remove icons from these menus (unlike those on the bar that have an option).  How does one uninstall firefox 3.05 and make this 3.5 the default for all users (unlike what I did just now)


answers to these basic GUI queries welcome..
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Kerem ERSOYPresident

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BTW CentOS 5.3 currently supplies  3.0.11 and it seems that you're not getting updates in timely fashion. 3.0.5 is what comes with the default installation. Try to use

yum update

from time to fime.

Cheers,
K.

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thanks. yum wasnt working because the dns setting wasnt done.. hopefully yum update will do the trick.. Is it the case that the top bar gnome menu structure is fixed (or is only editable by messing around with config files)
Kerem ERSOYPresident

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Well in fact it will require you to edit the menu contents. But it is likely that it will revert back to default settings through yum updates even if you did or you need to disable update of gnome menu update from repository.
another method would be to add the new FireFox icon over your menu bar.

Cheers,
K.

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I did the update first.. so it put 3.0.11.. and then redid the launcher script.. it worked.  hopefully the next update doesnt go back.

my question was manually editing the menu bar contents..
Kerem ERSOYPresident

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Yeah I was referring to if. Since menu items are created by CentoS they will be overwritten by any update that modifies the Menu. It only keeps non standard times and overwrites any system items. I believe it would add a new Firefox button if you've deleted the old or restores to factory default if you've modified it.
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