Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Updating Firefox and Flash Plugin manually on Mandriva Linux


I am running Mandriva Linux x64 2011.0 with an LXDE desktop.  I run Firefox from an icon on the desktop that points to /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox.  Even though technically Mandriva uses RPMs, I prefer to update manually. This is the procedure I use:

  1. Firstly go here for the latest releases:
  2. Go to the folder for the next stable release.  For example at the time of writing that is 41.0.1.
  3. Locate the linux-x86_64 folder
  4. Locate the en-GB folder
  5. Download firefox-41.0.1.tar.bz2 to a convenient folder (I use ~/Downloads)
  6. Extract the archive to /Downloads/firefox
  7. Open root terminal and run command “nautilus” to get a gui
  8. Go to /usr/lib64 and rename folder  /firefox to previous version (e.g. /firefox 39.0)
  9. Copy /Downloads/firefox to /usr/lib64
  10. Firefox icon on desktop will now start v 41.0.1

Flash Plugin

Note: Firefox uses the symlink “” within /usr/lib64/Mozilla/plugins.  This points to the folder /usr/lib64/flash-plugin. This is the one you want to update. Do not copy to the Mozilla folder!

  1. Go to to check your current version
  2. Go to
  3. Go to “Your System: Linux 64-bit, English, Firefox
  4. From “select version to download…” drop-down box select “.tar.gz for other Linux
  5. Click “Download Now
  6. Save “install_Flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz” to convenient directory (e.g. ~/Downloads), overwriting any copies of the file from previous downloads
  7. Extract “” from this archive to ~/Downloads
  8. Close firefox
  9. Open root terminal and run command “nautilus” to get a gui
  10. Go to /usr/lib64/flash-plugin
  11. Copy to /usr/lib64/flash-plugin, overwriting previous version (or rename previous version if you want a backup)
  12. Open firefox and go to to check latest version now installed


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