Getting Firefox 2.0 yourself on Linux


If you're running Linux and your distribution hasn't yet updated your software packages to upgrade you to Firefox 2.0, here's a really quick tutorial on how to upgrade yourself.

Head over to and grab the latest Linux version for your language. It should be already selected on the download button, but if not, head to this page and choose the right version for you.

Once you've downloaded that, you'll have a firefox-2.0.tar.gz file. Simply extract this somewhere suitable (move it to a suitable folder, then right-click it and choose Extract Here, or the equivalent option).

Now, it's time to make a shortcut on our desktop that we can use to start our customised Firefox installation.

In Gnome

Right-click on your desktop and choose Create Launcher. Fill in the fields so they're like the image below (changing the command to match the folder you put Firefox in, followed by a slash / and then the word firefox).

Launcher in Gnome

OK that and then you can use this shortcut to start Firefox 2.0.


In KDE, right-click your desktop and choose Create New > Link to application. Type Firefox in the name field and then go to the Application tab. In the Command box, type the path to the folder you put Firefox in, followed by a slash / and then the word firefox.

KDE Application shortcut

Now, just use your new shortcut to enjoy Firefox 2.0 (until your distribution hurrys up and updates the packages!).


UPDATE: I've also done a screencast of this, so if you want to actually see it being done, watch it now!

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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