Can Firefox be updated on Linux Mint 18.3?

Sigma333

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For a couple years I have used this distro in LiveCD mode for internet shopping/banking. As I will not be moving on to a more recent rendition, I need to update the Firefox 57.0, as some Youtube videos no longer play, and eBay is cutting off the right side of the screen where the 'feedback' buttons are. Can someone please give me a step-by-step instruction on how to do this? And yes, I know that DVDs/CDs have no persistence, and the browser will have to be updated each session. Note: this advice of Google is useless:

  1. Click the menu button and go to help. Navigate to the help menu.
  2. Then, click on "About Firefox." Click About Firefox.
  3. This window will display the current version of Firefox and, with any luck, also give you an option to download the latest update.


Yeah, no luck!
 


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Mint 18.3 reached End Of Life in April and the repositories have been shut down by now so no upgrades are possible through those channels. You may be able to download a newer version from Mozilla but if it will work with 18.3's old Libs is hard to say. You really should upgrade to at least version 19.3 because 18.3 presents a significant security risk on line I certainly would not do banking with such a Distro. Your only option at this point would be to do a fresh install of 19.3 or 20.x Good luck.
 

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Let me see if I'm understanding this...

For the two most risky activities, banking and shopping, you're using an old, unsupported, unsecured, release that you're unwilling to update?

I... I don't think we can actually help you.
 

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I want to make a vaccine comment, but I won't. lol
 

f33dm3bits

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I want to make a vaccine comment, but I won't. lol
Don't bother wasting your time on this topic, OP has a record of previous topics where they refuse to take advice where it is mentioned that using an EOL OS isn't safe to use online but still they seem to want to stick their head in the sand. I guess Microsoft and other OS maintainers just put these types of CVE's out for fun and because they are bored and have nothing better to do.
Microsoft used its Windows 10 June ‘Patch Tuesday’ release to reveal the vulnerabilities, all of which are ‘zero day’ threats. That means they are actively being used by hackers to break into Windows 10 computers in targeted attacks.
If you are blocking Windows 10 system updates (a popular pastime for many users), now would be a very good time to stop doing so.
 
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Download the .tar file https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ extract it, open the folder firefox where the contents of .tar file was extracted to, right-click in a blank space in that folder and from the context menu select open terminal here, then run firefox from terminal
Code:
./firefox
or you can create a link to the file in the desktop.
 

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oh dear, what a cranky page

I see you are still a cranky old critter....not as old as me, but crankier. more set in your ways.

You asked a question in your topic title

The answer is no.

kiss principle....... ok?
 

Sigma333

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Mint 18.3 reached End Of Life in April and the repositories have been shut down by now so no upgrades are possible through those channels. You may be able to download a newer version from Mozilla but if it will work with 18.3's old Libs is hard to say. You really should upgrade to at least version 19.3 because 18.3 presents a significant security risk on line I certainly would not do banking with such a Distro. Your only option at this point would be to do a fresh install of 19.3 or 20.x Good luck.
Let me see if I'm understanding this...

For the two most risky activities, banking and shopping, you're using an old, unsupported, unsecured, release that you're unwilling to update?

I... I don't think we can actually help you.
Nah, let's call a spade a spade. You don't actually want to help me. Rather becoming a habitual theme here lately, but that's fine.
 

Condobloke

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oh you are so wrong.

I wont answer for the others, but I will answer for me.

I would love to set you on a good path. A secure path. Because obviously that is your main concern...otherwise you would not be doing your banking and online shopping via a live version of Linux

The current setup you have is insecure. (insecure OS and a insecure browser)

What is the downside of using Linux Mint 20.2?
 

f33dm3bits

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Nah, let's call a spade a spade. You don't actually want to help me. Rather becoming a habitual theme here lately, but that's fine.
We're not going to help people running unsupported OS's because it's not safe to be running an OS that's not getting updates and security fixes. That's the only help and answer you are going to get here, is to upgrade to a still supported OS version.
 
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Sigma333

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Don't bother wasting your time on this topic, OP has a record of previous topics where they refuse to take advice where it is mentioned that using an EOL OS isn't safe to use online but still they seem to want to stick their head in the sand. I guess Microsoft and other OS maintainers just put these types of CVE's out for fun and because they are bored and have nothing better to do.
And those like yourself have a habitual pattern of beating a dead horse, and absolutely refusing to take no for an answer. Newsflash! I don't take advice I never asked for, and don't want. Nor do I appreciate answers to questions I never asked, while the question I did ask is ignored or derided. No doubt your ilk has a history of 'helping' lil ole ladies across the street, whether they want to cross or not, then being insulted when you get an umbrella upside the head, instead of the 'thank you' that you just know you deserve. I'll be the judge of what is or is not safe for me, my lil control freak. Now if the time ever comes when I ask your opinion on that subject, you can feel free to instruct me, but don't hold your breath waiting to get asked.

I've seen the CVE nonsense for years. Been using the oh-so-unsafe XP Pro for at least five years now with zero malware, despite all the multitude of malware on its CVE list, despite all the Chicken Little squawking of M$, or its legion of volunteer braindead parrots mimicking its every word. I have also looked into all the malware that can target a Linux LiveCD session, which turns out to be very friggin little, compared to all the stuff supposedly after my XP....all of which is still MIA after five years and over 5000 hours on the supposedly deadly dangerous internet. Here's a thought. When reality don't match up to the drivel spouting forth from the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts, I'll choose reality. When the drivel spouting forth from the talking heads, self-proclaimed experts, M$, etc., don't match up to reality....you just deploy that good ole time Ostrich Syndrome, cognitive dissonance, normalacy bias, and whatever other tricks you got to ignore reality and embrace fantasy....but leave me out of it. Good deal?
 

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You can download FF new version from here Then you simply extract it with an archive manager.
and click on the run file and see if it runs on your version. You'll have to figure out a way to remaster the live disc to include the new version if it runs. Sorry you feel so oppressed by those who only want to warn you that your system is not support any longer. If you care to go through the work you can compile FF from source code by following the instructions here. But I'll be willing to bet it won't compile without a lot of chasing dependencies. Which seems rather a waste of time when the work has already been done in newer OS versions. Cheers!
 
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Deal?....No.

I would also still use LM18.3 if I could

Why don't I?...because the browser (among a myriad of other apps/programs) are allowed to go down the gurgler because the old os cannot support/run their 'new' tricks, inclusions etc

Bit of a jagged edge...deliberately put in place.

Way of the world......newer is better. Maybe.
 

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You can setup a flash drive with persistent storage and then manually update Firefox or manually install an updated version of Firefox on a secondary flash drive and run it from there when booted into your Mint 18.3 live flash drive. See @Tolkem's post if you want to know how to install Firefox manually.
I've seen the CVE nonsense for years. Been using the oh-so-unsafe XP Pro for at least five years now with zero malware, despite all the multitude of malware on its CVE list, despite all the Chicken Little squawking of M$, or its legion of volunteer braindead parrots mimicking its every word. I have also looked into all the malware that can target a Linux LiveCD session, which turns out to be very friggin little, compared to all the stuff supposedly after my XP....all of which is still MIA after five years and over 5000 hours on the supposedly deadly dangerous internet. Here's a thought. When reality don't match up to the drivel spouting forth from the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts, I'll choose reality. When the drivel spouting forth from the talking heads, self-proclaimed experts, M$, etc., don't match up to reality....you just deploy that good ole time Ostrich Syndrome, cognitive dissonance, normalacy bias, and whatever other tricks you got to ignore reality and embrace fantasy....but leave me out of it. Good deal?
Zero that you are aware of. How do you explain all the companies, schools, and other public services who are getting ransomwared now days, it's through vulnerabilities known and unknown as well as through social engineering. You don't get support for an unsupported OS version when you have RHEL subscription, so don't expect a forum to help with an an unsupported OS version either. If you want to go against the advice people here as well as security experts and government security teams than be my guest. If you don't like the advice given here go elsewhere.
 
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It's such a shame that some people just can't be told that using an unsupported Distro is a very bad idea...it's like eating bread that's long past it's use by date...Do so at your own risk.
 
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