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I'm using a netbook with linux and firefox 2. I tried to download the newest version of Firefox, but it will not open. It says to change the helper application in preferences, but I don't know what that is. I need to upgrade my system because of security issues. Please Help!!!!

I'm using a netbook with linux and firefox 2. I tried to download the newest version of Firefox, but it will not open. It says to change the helper application in preferences, but I don't know what that is. I need to upgrade my system because of security issues. Please Help!!!!

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  • mplayerplug-in 3.45Video Player Plug-in for QuickTime, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player streams using MPlayer JavaScript Enabled and Using GTK2 Widgets
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the-edmeister
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Which netbook? Asus EeePC or Acer One or ???

Which Linux distro?

Many of the Linux distros that came with Firefox 2 need to be updated for a Firefox 3+ version, or need a newer GTK package.

Which netbook? Asus EeePC or Acer One or ??? Which Linux distro? Many of the Linux distros that came with Firefox 2 need to be updated for a Firefox 3+ version, or need a newer GTK package.

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Jan. 29, 2012

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Hi edmeister,

  My netbook is an Asus EeePc 900.   The operating system is Linux with Firefox 2.   I don't know what I am supposed to do to be able to update and run a newer version of Firefox.   My computer knowledge is very minimal, but if someone would kindly explain to me what it is that I need to do to in order to accomplish this, I would greatly appreciate it.   Also, I don't know what the specific Helper Application is that I need to specify in the Preferences section of my netbook.
                                             Thank You ,
                                            lynnsdancers
Jan. 29, 2012 could e Hi edmeister, My netbook is an Asus EeePc 900. The operating system is Linux with Firefox 2. I don't know what I am supposed to do to be able to update and run a newer version of Firefox. My computer knowledge is very minimal, but if someone would kindly explain to me what it is that I need to do to in order to accomplish this, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, I don't know what the specific Helper Application is that I need to specify in the Preferences section of my netbook. Thank You , lynnsdancers
the-edmeister
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The version of Xandros Linux (from early 2007) that Asus was using on theEeePC doesn't have the GTK package needed to run Firefox 3+ versions, you need to update it. See these:
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=41815
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:installfirefox3?s=firefox
I am not aware any support articles about installing a version of Firefox newer than Firefox 3.0, although I read somewhere that if Firefox 3.0 worked, Firefox 3.5 would. But 3.5 is an unsupported version nowadays, you need Firefox 3.6.x at least.

I quit keeping track of the upgrade stuff about Xandros Linux because I installed a much newer Linux distro on my EeePC 900A in 2010. This is what I replaced it with:
http://www.geteasypeasy.com/

The version of Xandros Linux ''(from early 2007)'' that Asus was using on theEeePC doesn't have the GTK package needed to run Firefox 3+ versions, you need to update it. See these: <br /> http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=41815 <br /> http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:installfirefox3?s=firefox <br /> I am not aware any support articles about installing a version of Firefox newer than Firefox 3.0, although I read somewhere that if Firefox 3.0 worked, Firefox 3.5 would. But 3.5 is an unsupported version nowadays, you need Firefox 3.6.x at least. I quit keeping track of the upgrade stuff about Xandros Linux because I installed a much newer Linux distro on my EeePC 900A in 2010. This is what I replaced it with: <br /> http://www.geteasypeasy.com/