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    Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Why Mozilla applications are available only as binaries why not as .debs? For a noob installing a new version such as 3.5 can be a challenge. If Opera can do it why can't Mozilla after all they are closer to Linux community?
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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    well because the ubuntu developers test the comaptibility and bugs (if any) concerning Ubuntu first.
    If all goes well (which should be pretty soon) it'll be in the repository.

    Till then, though being a challenge, you can install from tars.
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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Quote Originally Posted by amitabhishek View Post
    Why Mozilla applications are available only as binaries why not as .debs? For a noob installing a new version such as 3.5 can be a challenge. If Opera can do it why can't Mozilla after all they are closer to Linux community?
    Most apps do not get updated in the repositories during the life of an Ubuntu version, except for a few notable exceptions and Firefox is one of them, so most likely it will be available before too long.

    Although, in any case, it might be better waiting for 3.5.1 to be released as it should fix a few bugs that didn't get done for the 3.5 release.

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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Quote Originally Posted by diwas View Post
    well because the ubuntu developers test the comaptibility and bugs (if any) concerning Ubuntu first.
    If all goes well (which should be pretty soon) it'll be in the repository.

    Till then, though being a challenge, you can install from tars.
    Just unpack the file archive in a directory called Firefox for example. From an xterm terminal you can run it with: ./firefox

    Or you can take one of your icons which you have on your desktop and change the path where you have unpacked your Firefox web browser.

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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Quote Originally Posted by amitabhishek View Post
    Why Mozilla applications are available only as binaries why not as .debs? For a noob installing a new version such as 3.5 can be a challenge. If Opera can do it why can't Mozilla after all they are closer to Linux community?

    I am too little dissapointed because of this. But, when next version come (already have alpha) you can always do what khleben told you.

    Just unpack it, and you can even double click on "firefox" file and choose RUN. If you like it, make shortcut in menu. It will load completely separated, but still use same bookmarks and some plugins.

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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    That's the bad thing with Ubuntu. Software applications generally don't update themselves. On other opertating systems programs like this update themselves but with Ubuntu you either have to wait for the repositories to be updated or do the update manually. Repositories of course are not updated at the same time as the applications are released.

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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsie View Post
    That's the bad thing with Ubuntu. Software applications generally don't update themselves. On other opertating systems programs like this update themselves but with Ubuntu you either have to wait for the repositories to be updated or do the update manually. Repositories of course are not updated at the same time as the applications are released.
    what some can't understand, is:
    - first there are some rights problems, the binaries are installed by and as root, so only a running firefox as root could "update" itself. and it is not supported to run firefox as root (in other words, no complains allowed if you fsck up your box)
    - second developers, MOTU take good care of integrating the binaries they allow you to install, with the system; some details can't just be handled by a binary built and distributed by MoFo, as filesystem specifics
    - third Ubuntu tries to distribute and provide users a stable system, and as we say in software engineering: if it works, don't change it.

    So please bear with the little time Ubuntu devs will take to make this happen cleanly, safely, reliably.

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    Re: Why isn't Firefox still available as .debs?

    Also the repo system sure beats going to website a b, c and X to get what you need.
    And yes there have been many bugs reported for Firefox 3.5.
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