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Previously I was able to just click "Download Firefox" and it would "do its thing" but now it comes as a tar.bz2 file, which I have no idea how to deal with. Are geeks just getting lazy or just trying to make the less commuter literate feel stupid?

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, Basharat Sialvi, Mateo, NikTh, vasa1 Apr 25 '13 at 1:42

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You have some options for installing software. To install Firefox (which should have been installed already with most Ubuntu distros) you can open a Terminal session and enter:

sudo apt-get install firefox

Alternatively, you can use a package manager like Synaptic to download and install Firefox for you. Either method will draw from the supported repositories.

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