How to upgrade firefox & thunderbird to last version in Linux LMDE

  8 years ago

1- Download the new firefox & thunderbird .tar.bz2 files from website

2- Move these files to /opt

exemple from the download directory:

sudo mv firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2 /opt
sudo mv thunderbird-14.0.tar.bz2 /opt

3- Go to /opt

cd /opt

4- Rename old firefox & thunderbird directories (if you want to keep them as backup):

sudo mv firefox firefox.old
sudo mv thunderbird thunderbird.old

5- Extract .tar.bz2 files:


sudo tar -xjf firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2
sudo tar -xjf thunderbird-14.0.tar.bz2

6- Remove .tar.bz2 files:

sudo rm firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2
sudo rm thunderbird-14.0.tar.bz2

7- Launch Firefox and Thunderbird and verify the versions are upgraded.


Whenever you want you can restore the backup:

Just remove the firefox and thunderbird directory in /opt and then rename the .old files:

cd /opt
sudo rm -r firefox
sudo rm -r thunderbird
sudo mv firefox.old firefox
sudo mv thunderbird.old thunderbird
dalbert 5 years ago

Current Mint versions seem to place thunderbird in /usr/lib/thunderbird rather than /opt/thunderbird and there's a symlink from /usr/bin to the thunderbird executable. You can still follow the instructions above (except step 4 which you can skip), but you need to add a final step:

cd /usr/bin
sudo mv thunderbird thunderbird_old
sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird thunderbird

yves910 7 years ago

Thanks !