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Firefox 10, Mepis 8.0, 94 year old mother 
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Post Firefox 10, Mepis 8.0, 94 year old mother
My mother is 94 and has been using Mepis for several years. I left her on 8.0 familiarity purposes. She checks her email, does a little web surfing, and does her banking and bill paying. She got on today to pay her phone bill and got a message that her web browser, FF 3 was no longer accepted. I checked synaptic and there is no upgrade available. After a little forum searching it looks like Lenny and hence Mepis 8.0 is no longer supported. I really hate to take her into unfamiliar territory at this point. I did find a sort of related thread in which there was a comment (from Stevo??) that suggested enabling 8.5 repositories and just upgrading what was needed for Firefox. I tried that and still there is no Firefox upgrade showing.

What might be the simplest course at this point.


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Thought about trying Opera? I doubt that Chrome or Chromium would work. But a different Browser would be what I'd suggest.

Also you might try the add-ons that switch agents. User Agent Switcher is one. Also Super User Agent. Just bring up the add-ons and enter system agent or user agent for a list.

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Okie2003 wrote:
My mother is 94 and has been using Mepis for several years. I left her on 8.0 familiarity purposes. She checks her email, does a little web surfing, and does her banking and bill paying. She got on today to pay her phone bill and got a message that her web browser, FF 3 was no longer accepted. I checked synaptic and there is no upgrade available. After a little forum searching it looks like Lenny and hence Mepis 8.0 is no longer supported. I really hate to take her into unfamiliar territory at this point. I did find a sort of related thread in which there was a comment (from Stevo??) that suggested enabling 8.5 repositories and just upgrading what was needed for Firefox. I tried that and still there is no Firefox upgrade showing.

What might be the simplest course at this point.


In a Mepis 8.0 LiveISO session I'm able to install the Firefox 10 that Stevo built for M8.5 by adding the following repos:
Code:
deb ftp://ftp.mepis.com/mepis/ mepis-8.5 main
deb http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/repo/ mepis85cr main
deb http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/testrepo/ mepis85cr test
Also set 'mepis' as the preferred distro.


Mark firefox for upgrade, also mark the libgtk2.0-common package for upgrade.


Here's the Synaptic summary:
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firefox (version 3.5.6-1) will be upgraded to version 10.0.1+build1-0mcr85+1
libglib2.0-0 (version 2.21.4-1) will be upgraded to version 2.24.1-1mlrepo1
libgtk2.0-0 (version 2.12.12-1~lenny1) will be upgraded to version 2.18.3-1
libgtk2.0-common (version 2.12.12-1~lenny1) will be upgraded to version 2.18.3-1
libpcre3 (version 7.6-2.1) will be upgraded to version 7.8-3mlrepo1


Disable/delete the M8.5 repos that you added after you've upgraded to firefox 10.


Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:09 pm

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Thanks for the help. I had missed deb http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/testrepo/ mepis85cr test

Got it installed and she is checking her bills on line. THANKS a million.


Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:58 pm

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There's going to be a security update to 10.0.2 for the Firefox version in 8.5 testing in a day or so. I've done the 64-bit build and hope to get the 32-bit done tonight, so be prepared for it.


Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:55 pm

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Okie2003 wrote:
My mother is 94 and has been using Mepis for several years.
Great stuff


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