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Firefox 3 on Eee PC


  08:21:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 429 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

Firefox 3 on Eee PC

Link: http://www.3eportal.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=1

Last night I took the plunge and upgraded my EeePC to Firefox 3.

First I tried downloading the latest release of Firefox 3.01 for Linux, and put it along side the bundled Firefox. Of course, it wanted GTK 2.10. So, I did the forum method: http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=22973

This kind of worked. Various other workarounds got it to start with minimal warnings, but it would always crash on exit.

So, I went looking for more...and found a pile of .deb packages including a special Firefox deb package. Link above. I installed all the .deb packages except the Firefox. I removed the LD_LIBRARY_PATH set for the Firefox 3 that I had installed (already copied over the plugins, though I haven't tested to see if Java and Flash still work U-( )

I did the install using 'sudo dpkg -i *.deb', which is what the page said to do....there was a spew of errors, due to misordered dependencies. But, running it again seemed to resolve the issue. At least Firefox 3 seemed to be working again.

I had renamed the original /opt/firefox to /opt/firefox2 and put Firefox3 as /opt/firefox, thinking it would allow Easy mode to just work with it. And, it seems to once I copied over the firefox.desktop file. But, then I noticed that there were empty spots in my tray...namely for super-hybrid-engine. Delving further....it was having GTK issues.

I cleaned up the damage I caused to the system directories hacking in the first GTK 2.10 attempt...but that didn't resolve it. And, just as I was going to just accept the breakage...I decided to try reinstalling all the *.deb packages again.

Except this time, I installed the in the order they are listed on the web page.

It all seems to work now :P

Now to go on in customizing Firefox (mainly populate bookmark toolbar with my preferred links) and then on to setting up and customizing Thunderbird.

Meanwhile, I'm looking for the solution to it losing its mind network wise a little while after returning from suspend. Reconnecting to the AP resolves this, but would prefer that it didn't happen...otherwise, if there were an easier way to trigger this reset.

FWIW, I changed the Skype hot key to launch Firefox. Don't know if I'll change the other one, not sure how important it is to have a hot key to change performance modes. Will have to see if I'm limited to Easy mode items or if I can launch anything. It'll probably be either Thunderbird or IRC &#59;D

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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