Update: See newer post for instructions on installing Firefox/Thunderbird 10 on CentOS and RHEL.
As of writing, the latest version of Firefox for CentOS is 3.6.22, and the Mozilla team released version 7 of the Firefox browser earlier this week. Obviously, the CentOS repository is slightly behind in keeping Firefox updated. However, if you wish to upgrade to Firefox 7, the process is quite simple. This tutorial has been tested on CentOS 5 and 6, under both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Update: This has also been tested successfully on 64bit RHEL 6.
The installation process varies slightly based on whether you are using 32 bit or 64 bit.
tar xf firefox-7.0.1.tar.bz2
Move Firefox to the proper directory
sudo mv firefox /usr/lib/firefox-7.0
sudo mv firefox /usr/lib64/firefox-7.0
Modify the Firefox command to use the new version of Firefox
sudo perl -pi -e 's/3.6/7.0/g' /usr/bin/firefox
Clean up unnecessary files
rm -rf firefox-7.0.1.tar.bz2
Installing CentOS 6 via the Netinstall option isn’t too difficult. In order to use netinstall, you will have to have an URL to download CentOS from. You will have to enter it on the URL Setup page.
32 bit: http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/i386/
64 bit: http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/os/x86_64/
You can choose to either test the media, or skip the test and proceed with the installation. The testing is typically unnecessary.
If you chose to test the media in the previous step, you will be able to test the disc currently in the drive.
You will have the opportunity to test additional media. If you do not wish to, choose Continue.
As this is a netinstall, you will want to download the required components from the internet. Choose the URL option.
One of my favorite things in GNOME is the official gnome-games package. Even though the number of games is much less than those available to the Macs and Windows, every single one of these games are open source and professionally done. My favorite game has been Four in a Row (known as “Connect Four” to those who has played the Hasbro version). Four in a Row is installed by default on many versions of Ubuntu, and was installed as part of the gnome-games package in CentOS 5. Unfortunately, that game among many others (listed a bit below) are not included as part of the gnome-games package in CentOS 6. Only 5 games are included in CentOS 6’s gnome-games package:
- AisleRiot Solitaire
- Same GNOME
After looking around the list of packages, I realized that to get Four in a Row (among many other games), I had to install the gnome-games-extra package. To do that, use the following command:
sudo yum install gnome-games gnome-games-extra
The typical CentOS package installation process will follow. Afterwards, you will find an additional collection of games installed! This now includes:
- Five or More
- FreeCell Solitaire