Sunday, 22 July 2012

Centos 6/RHEL install Swiftfox Browser

Before installing make sure you have installed Mozilla Firefox from the repo and the essential Adobe Flash plugin for it.

Swiftfox is a fast lightweight Firefox browser alternative which many feel is faster and more responsive than the original.

You can try it yourself by installing the tarball from the vendor

As far as I am aware it is not in the Centos/RHEL repo ,nor are deb files available to convert despite appearances on their web site at present, so go to

http://www.getswiftfox.com/tarballs.htm

and download the appropriate tarball to your home directory

Now move to a directory to install it, I use /usr/share

$ cd /usr/share                      extract the tarball

$ sudo tar xjf /home/<user-name>/swiftfox-3.6.13-prescott.tar.bz2

Create a symlink to /usr/bin

$ sudo ln -s /usr/share/swiftfox/swiftfox /usr/bin/swiftfox

$ /usr/bin/swiftfox                  to run it, or

$ swiftfox                               

If using Fluxbox you can place a line in the /home/user/.fluxbox/keys file

F10 : ExecCommand swiftfox             hit F10 to run it

See Fluxbox key bindings for more. 

and/or create a shortcut to the Desktop folder

$ cd Desktop

$ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/swiftfox

For the plugins, make sure you have Firefox and flash installed as at the link at the top of the page.

$ cd /usr/share/swiftfox/plugins                 then

$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* .

making sure you include the trailing dot.

(Substitute both the Swiftfox and Mozilla paths if you have them installed elsewhere).


Swiftfox with plugins enabled.

Thats all there is to installing Swiftfox.