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Firefox

Firefox is included in the Slackware distribution under /usr/lib64/firefox-x.y.z.t, but this directory name quickly becomes unsignificant as newer online updates are installed in the same location. The executable program is launched from a symbolic link in /usr/bin/firefox. To install a newer version, you can untar to a parallel catalog /usr/lib64/firefox-u.v.w.a and switch the symbolic link to the newer location.

Flashplayer

Get flashplayer 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 /

Thunderbird

Thunderbird is included in the Slackware distribution under /usr/lib64/thunderbird-x.y.z.t, but this directory name quickly becomes unsignificant as newer online updates are installed in the same location. The executable program is launched from a symbolic link in /usr/bin/thunderbird. To install a newer version, you can untar to a parallel catalog /usr/lib64/thunderbird-u.v.w.a and switch the symbolic link to the newer location.

The first thing that Thunderbird will ask you when subscribing a new secure account is to validate the certificate. If using your self-generated certificates, you will first need to import your self-generated Certification Authority certificate using "Edit" "Preferences" "Advanced" "Certificates" "View Certificates" "Authorities" "Import".

After automatic updates, Thunderbird sometimes loses the ability to launch Firefox automatically whenever clicking links. If this is the case, this can be fixed by adding these 3 additional lines in ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/prefs.js :

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.ftp", "/usr/bin/firefox");
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/usr/bin/firefox");
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https", "/usr/bin/firefox");

It is also possible to modify the context menu in Edit Preferences Advanced General Config editor... Select a line, right click, choose new and enter the new values. You don't need to restart. Effect is immediate.

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. Wireshark may use GeoIP. Install as below :

# tar -C /usr/local -xvf Geoip-x.y.tar.gz
# cd /usr/local/
# chown -R root:root Geoip-x.y.z
# cd Geoip-x.y.z
# ./configure --help | less
# ./configure --libdir=/usr/lib64 --mandir=/usr/local/man
# make
# make install
# make clean
# ln -s /usr/local/lib64/libGeoIP.so.1 /usr/lib64/libGeoip.so.1

# 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/lib64 --mandir=/usr/local/man \
--with-ssl=/usr/local/openssl-1.0.2a --disable-ipv6 --with-geoip=/usr/local/GeoIP-1.5.1
# make
# make install
# make clean
# ldconfig
# wireshark


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