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Firefox

Firefox is included in the Slackware distribution. New versions are regularly made available thru the Security Advisories Slackware page. Install using updatepkg :

# updatepkg mozilla-firefox-45.4.0esr-x86_64-1_slack14.2.txz

Flashplayer

It is not exactly the right time to install Flashplayer as it is in the process to be decommissioned from all browsers to be replaced by HTML5. If you nevertheless want to inststall it, get it from Adobe. The libflashplayer.so library must be made executable and copied to the browser/plugins directory of firefox, and the usr directory content copied to /.

# mkdir /usr/local/flashplayer_11
# tar -C /usr/local/flashplayer_11 -xvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
# cd /usr/local/flashplayer_11
# chmod a+x libflashplayer.so
# mkdir /usr/lib64/firefox-x.y.z.t/browser/plugins
# cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib64/firefox-x.y.z.t/browser/plugins
# cp -R usr /

Stellarium

Stellarium is a nice planetary software. For Slackware 14.2 get source of version 0.12.6 from the download page and install using the instructions on the Compilation on Linux wiki page :

# tar -C /usr/local -xvf stellarium-0.12.6.tar.gz
# cd /usr/local
# chown -R root:root stellarium-0.12.6
# cd stellarium-0.12.6
# mkdir -p builds/unix
# cd builds/unix
# cmake ../..
# make
# make install

Thunderbird

Thunderbird is included in the Slackware distribution. New versions are regularly made available thru the Security Advisories Slackware page. Install using updatepkg :

# updatepkg mozilla-thunderbird-45.3.0-x86_64-1_slack14.2.txz

VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a virtualization software by Sun, now Oracle. VirtualBox is incredibly simple to install and use. The VirtualBox virtual machines can be shared between Linux and Windows, and are very comfortable to use, thanks to smooth mouse moves and the possibility to resize windows (after installing appropriate drivers in the client virtual machines). Downlad from one of the All distributions link, give execution rights and run. That's it. The software is installed in /opt/VirtualBox. An icon Oracle VM VirtualBox is created on the System menu of KDE.

Note: unfortunately, VirtualBox is incompatible with Xen.

Wallpapers

That's not software ;-) but getting many nice wallpapers affords running a presentation to change images regularly. We have found Abyss a good source.

Wireshark

Wireshark is a Network protocol analyzer. Install as below :

# tar -C /usr/local -xvf wireshark-x.y.tar.gz
# cd /usr/local/
# chown -R root:root wireshark-x.y.z
# chmod -R o-w wireshark-x.y.z
# cd wireshark-x.y.z
# ./configure --help | less
# ./configure --libdir=/usr/local/lib64 --mandir=/usr/local/man --with-ssl --disable-ipv6
# make
# make install
# make clean
# ldconfig
# wireshark


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