I am new to the Linux System. I was able to download the update to Firefox (I think), but do not know for sure how to update it. I think my system is missing something, but being new to this operating system I not sure.

I was going to try installing another program to have a friend help me, but can't install that one either because I can't figure out how to install it. Got this laptop from someone with it installed.

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    Can you confirm that you are using Ubuntu and the version - should appear in background at login? – chesedo Feb 18 '14 at 15:42
  • New versions of Firefox get shipped out as updates on Ubuntu, after a short period of testing. – dobey Feb 18 '14 at 15:49
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    ..and regarding installing latest version of firefox, this should help: How to install Firefox as soon as possible. – precise Feb 18 '14 at 15:52

I think this should do it:

Open the terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T, or search in the dash for 'Terminal' and open it

screenshot of the default terminal

Then enter the following:

sudo apt-get install firefox ubuntu-restricted-extras

You will be asked for your password to give it permission to install the above stuff

apt-get is the command line installer included in Ubuntu. You could also use the Software Centre if it is installed. See the manual for the Software Centre.

The package firefox bit installs Firefox, whilst the ubuntu-restricted-extras bit installs packages restricted for copyright and closed-source reasons, including Windows fonts, Java, and Flash Player. These are not always included by default.

Bear in mind that you cannot get the latest versions of Flash after 11.2 on any Linux system.

If you really want the latest version of Flash, you may be able to use the Windows version, as you can for Silverlight.

For the latest version of Firefox, see Ubuntu documentation on Firefox New Version.

If ubuntu-restricted-extras does not work, try using this, which should install what that package should have installed:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer unrar gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse libavcodec-extra-53 gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly adobe-flashplugin flashplugin-installer gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer1.0-libav gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer1.0-fluendo-mp3 chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

Though this should just install the flash player:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

And this might also work:

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

For any of the above, make sure all the repositories are enabled in Software & Updates:

Screenshot of repositories list

  • what instructions are given are not clear. As I said I new to linux system. so i almost need step by step direction and where to find stuff like the command line installer. – user249605 Feb 18 '14 at 17:56
  • ok its saids my firefox is updated but when i pull up firefox.com it saids its not but not to worried if i can get the flash player working. when i type in sudo apt-get install firefox ubuntu-restricted-extras in command line Get a message E:Cant find package. should /home/user> be at the beginng at the beginning before i type sudo apt-get install firefox ubuntu-restricted-extras – user249605 Feb 19 '14 at 2:20
  • @user249605: You can add all repos like main, multiverse, etc. with this command combo.: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main universe restricted multiverse" && sudo apt-get update and then install the flash-player plugin with sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer (..a useful shortcut: after you copy the command mentioned above, you can paste it into the terminal with Ctrl + Shift + V) – precise Feb 19 '14 at 4:22

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