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The newest version of Firefox is not showing in the software package manager so I went to the website and downloaded it. After uncompressing it, there isn't a makefile. It looks like this can be run straight from the directory, but I want to instead update the current version I have so that all the files get moved to the correct places. How can this be done?

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I have been away from Linux for a while, but is the Check for Updates.. option disabled in Help? – Brandon Jul 29 '10 at 12:54
That option doesn't show in the Linux version. – tony_sid Jul 29 '10 at 12:57
The option doesn't show in Linux because you do package management through a package manager rather than by installing random stuff a la Windows. – Neal Jul 29 '10 at 13:04
Gotcha. I would not like that. – Brandon Jul 29 '10 at 14:18
With new you mean beta, right? – Bobby Jul 29 '10 at 15:21

I don't know about Ubuntu, but in Opensuse one can add the Buildservice repository for Mozilla, which is used by the people behind the distro for their development and testing and always has the most up to date version.

Ubuntu must do a similar thing, so try having a look at what additional repositories are available.

edit: I'm not sure that it is the same sort of thing, but here is how you do it.

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You can't (easily) have it both ways. Either you stick to what Ubuntu provides, which may be an older version, or you take what Mozilla provides, which may not be packaged in the way you expect.

There may be something wrong with your package manager setup, but it's hard to to tell without more details. Worst case, you can manually download the package from Check that you have security updates activated in your package manager.

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If you install Firefox from a package manager such as debian or rpm chances are high you will only receive security updates but not new minor revisions.

You need to download Firefox from Mozilla; it should be in tgz format. You do not need to compile Firefox as it is already compiled. cp the extracted contents to /opt/. Then make a sym link to the executable shell script. Then and only then will you be using the Firefox that can receive updates from Mozilla

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Additional note: If you install Firefox just for yourself (i.e. on a single-user system), you should install it into a directory where you have write permission. Otherwise Firefox' built-in update mechanism will not work (as it needs to write its own files). This will prevent you from getting security updates. – sleske Jul 29 '10 at 14:58
So what about copying it to the /opt/ directory? – tony_sid Jul 29 '10 at 18:33

This is the home of the Ubuntuzilla project, hosts an Ubuntu repository with .deb repacks of the latest official release versions of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, and Mozilla Thunderbird. This repository should also work on Linux distributions that are derivatives of Ubuntu, and probably also on any Debian derivative.

It basically is a repository that will keep you Mozilla products up to the date, including minor releases.

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Check that you have updated the package lists using "sudo aptitude update". This will ensure you have the latest list of packages. Then update the packages using "sudo aptitude upgrade". You can use apt-get instead of aptitutde.

Due to the way debian based systems manage patches you don't always get a version upgrade. Check the change log in the package directory under /usr/share/doc. In this case /usr/share/doc/firefox.

I show firefox-3.5 including version 3.6.8 changes.

Ensure that security patches are enabled. /etc/apt/sources should contain the following lines near the bottom of the file.

deb karmic-security main restricted
deb-src karmic-security main restricted
deb karmic-security universe
deb-src karmic-security universe
deb karmic-security multiverse
deb-src karmic-security multiverse
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After the update/upgrade I'm still only showing 3.6.3 in the package manager. – tony_sid Jul 31 '10 at 21:43
If you have loaded the latest patches you should see 3.6.8+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 available. Check /etc/apt/sources.list and ensure the security sources are enabled. – BillThor Aug 1 '10 at 23:11

I found an easy solultion. I just download the package from the website and unarchived it to my Linux desktop. There is an executable script file called firefox. If I run that, then Firefox starts up. All my settings and bookmarks are there. If I check the version, it's the newest version.

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