On 07/28/2018 08:08 PM, don fisher wrote:
Is there a way to load an old version of Firefox? I
guess I am simple, but I
never felt the need for more than Netscape:-) Is there a way to get to older
distribution trees, something like 3.1. I found a 42.2 dist with a Firefox
49.0.2-37. Do you see any problem installing this?
There is no problem doing it, you can download any version you want straight
from mozilla, e.g.
Just download the .bz2 file, change to the /opt directory, and as root just:
# tar -xjf /path/to/firefox-52.9.0esr.tar.bz2
(you can do this without removing your current firefox)
Then exit root, and run firefox from an xterm the first time to make sure you
don't have any missing deps (I don't think you will, but just to be safe)
(you may have several messages dumped back to the terminal, but if it
launches, you are fine)
You can create a custom `.desktop` file for it in your
~/.local/share/applications folder if you like.
HOWEVER, that said, there are security concerns with using an older firefox.
As long as you are not using it for shopping/banking/etc... you won't expose
yourself to critical issues, but you know the risks.
That said, there is no reason the current firefox can't be configured to do
just what you want with a .bin file. The problems is two-fold. First it is how
the web-server reports the type of file it is to firefox. Second it is what
firefox is doing with the type reported.
You want the .bin treated as any binary file, e.g. like the tar.bz2 file you
downloaded OR you want to set the behavior for "unknown" types to download.
It has been a while, but I the opposite problem with C files not being
displayed as text, but being prompted to download them. (it's been a number of
years...), but that was the same issue having to tell Firefox to display as
plain-text instead of downloading.
There is no reason the current version of firefox can't be configured to
handle any type any way you like -- the problem is How TF to do it? I've been
picking through about:config and one setting you might try is:
And you may get some ideas from
David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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