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fedora 10 what is highest FF version supported

asked 2014-09-16 11:57:53 -0500

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updated 2014-09-16 19:59:59 -0500

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I am running fedora 10 on a mission critical machine for a volcano observatory and need to update FF to the highest version. Currently I am running FF 3.x yet found some notes that Fed10 can support FF7.X. I need to confirm so I don't blow out my env. thanks sierrasurf

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You do know, don't you, that Fedora 10 reached End Of Life several years ago, and has received no updates, even for security issue since then? If possible, I'd suggest that you migrate to Fedora 20, the most recent version, which will also include the newest version of Firefox. Of course, the best way to do that is on a different machine so that there's no time when your mission critical software isn't available. (I tried to convert this to an answer and it didn't seem to work, so I re-entered it. When I did, the comment showed up as well. Sigh!)

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-09-16 16:13:39 -0500 )edit

There is no version of anything that is supported on Fedora 10.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-09-16 22:08:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-09-16 16:18:04 -0500

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You do know don't you, that Fedora 10 reached End Of Life several years ago and has received no updates, even for security issues since then. My suggestion is to set up a new box with Fedora 20, the most recent version as this will also give you the current version of Firefox. Then, get your mission critical software working on it so that you can replace the obsolete box with Fedora 10. In the long run, you'll be much better off because you'll know that Firefox will work correctly with your OS and you'll have the latest, most secure version of Fedora.

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The OP might be better off installing the latest version of CentOS 5, which will most likely have libraries of a similar era to Fedora 10. But I agree, Fedora 10 is REALLY old (EOL'd 2009-12-18) and trying to get the latest version of Firefox working on it is probably a non-starter. CentOS5 will be supported until 2017, I believe.

wquine gravatar imagewquine ( 2014-09-16 19:57:09 -0500 )edit

Update to a stable Fedora or CentOS/RHEL/Scientific Linux. Under no circumstances should Fedora 10 be used.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-09-16 20:00:29 -0500 )edit

@sideburns, @wquine, @FranciscoD_, the OP is asking how to get his mission critical rig using a new version of Firefox. If we assume that this machine at the volcano observatory is doing stuff and can't go offline, then telling them to upgrade to the latest doesn't really help them. Normally, upgrade is good advice, but sometimes it's not possible. If they were starting from scratch we tell 'em to use CentOS. Now @sideburns has received 3 upvotes here for not answering the question. Come on, guys, we're better than this. Can any of you answer this?

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-09-17 08:18:13 -0500 )edit

@cobra: I completely understand the situation, but that doesn't change the answer. Fedora 10 is 4 years old. Nothing on it is supported. There is a reason we ask people with such critical tasks to not use Fedora and use EL/CentOS/Scientific instead. Nothing that requires minimal down time should use Fedora in the first place. It is not meant for such tasks.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-09-17 09:30:02 -0500 )edit

@cobra: I added another answer that might help the OP.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-09-17 09:38:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-09-16 13:24:00 -0500

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FF? Firefox? You should have no problem running the latest version of Firefox, but you might have to build it yourself. As Firefox is a web browser, have you considered leaving your mission critical Fedora 10 machine and putting the web browser on another machine alongside it? You can get a much more up-to-date platform and run the very latest on there.

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answered 2014-09-17 09:37:47 -0500

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I'm only writing a new answer because I don't want to edit the other answers. The short answer that everyone has already pointed out is that no software is supported on Fedora 10. Not firefox, nothing. It's 4 years old. We do not advise anyone with mission critical tasks to use Fedora. To be honest, we really advise against it. Please try to use either Enterprise Linux, Scientific Linux or CentOS which have longer life cycles. They're built for such tasks.

Now, the workaround: You will not be able to find rpms for firefox that will run on F10. However, firefox also releases binaries and you can see if they work on your system. You'll have to experiment here. There's no other way.

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I would add a caveat there: You should not use Fedora for mission critical tasks unless you are willing to keep up with it. Fedora is not inherently unsuitable for many production uses, but organization policy or admin motivation might make it so.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-09-17 21:06:24 -0500 )edit

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