How to install firefox on BOSS Linux

BOSS GNU/Linux comes with Iceweasel installed by default. Iceweasel is a rebranded version of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. It can be found in Applications>Internet.

If you still need to install FireFox, you should first download the latest version from Mozilla’s page here. You will be downloading an archive, once the download is complete extract it, you’ll find file(shell script) named firefox in it. Double click and run it to use Firefox on BOSS Linux.

Screenshot of Firefox 3.6.13 running on BOSS Linux 3.1 Tejas

Screenshot of Firefox 3.6.13 running on BOSS Linux 3.1 Tejas

The following command will extract the archive:

$tar -xvf archivename

To add Firefox to the applications menu just as iceweasel is click System>Preferences>Main Menu. From the list of Menus in the frame on the left select Internet, then click New Item. Fill in the fields, you’ll have the give the menu item a name(firefox), click browse and select the firefox script in command, you can even click the icon on the left of the dialog and select the firefox icon from the icons folder in the firefox directory.

New Menu item for firefox in Alacarte Menu Editor

New Menu item for Firefox in Alacarte Menu Editor

This will create a menu entry for Firefox in Applications>Internet.

Menu Entry for Firefox

Menu Entry for Firefox

There you have it! Firefox installed and ready to run on your BOSS Linux machine.

Screenshot of Firefox running on BOSS Linux

Firefox running on BOSS Linux


To install Opera Web Brower on BOSS GNU Linux click here.


2 Responses to How to install firefox on BOSS Linux

  1. daff says:

    double clicking on shell script opens it in gedit instaed of opening firefox. please help I am new to linux and am not understanding the way to install new programs that are not listed in software centre. thankyou

    • mybosslinuxblog says:

      Right click the script, the select Properties. On the Perminssions tab, make sure the checkbox “Allow executing file as program” is checked. The try running the script by double clicking it. If is still opens up in gedit then:

      Open a Terminal(Application>Accessories>Terminal)
      Use the cd command to navigate to the directory where the shell script is stored
      Then type sh shellscriptname to run the shell script


      Right Click the Shell Script, then click “Open with other Application”, this will open up a dialog, you’ll see an option to “Use a custom command” click it and enter “gnome-terminal”. Then click Open to execute the shell script. The next time you want to run the shell script you can run it in the terminal by right clicking the shell script, selecting Properties and selecting gnome-terminal on the “Open with” tab.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: