Waterfox Installation Help Needed

Hi all,

New to Zorin (see username), and to Linux in general. I'm trying to install Waterfox to be my main browser, but I'm running into two roadblocks:

  1. Wine has trouble running the .exe version. I can install, but whenever I try running the program after installation, I get an error message related to "shareable libraries", and the lack of a program for them.
  2. The Linux version doesn't run, period. I can use Archive Manager to unzip and place, but after that, none of the given programs will run when clicked on - particularly the one labeled "Waterfox", which according to https://askubuntu.com/questions/935466/how-do-i-install-waterfox is what I need to do.

I can provide more info as needed, but right now I'm not sure what that is. If anyone could help me out at this point, I'd be greatful.

Have you check these .deb installers?

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I haven't, and I'm not sure how to install them.

Actually this is probably a better way to install it in Zorin:

I've never done it myself, but the instruction seems quite clear.

The deb would be just as simple because he can double click to open the installer.

But I bit hesitated since it is from OpenSUSE.
The other method from git hub is more universal.

The only packages I've had an issue trying to convert and install are from Mac os. As far as i can tell, if it won't install that deb, which being in that package type should be installable on all devian based systems or systems that support deb, it can be converted in alien.

Okay, so I'm doing sudo ./get-waterfox-install
in Terminal (just like the ReadMe says), but it keeps telling me get-waterfox: command not found

Am I missing something?

I will ask @Aravisian as well.

Try if this video will help you.

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Rui07: Tried the video - got a error: snap "waterfox-snap" not found message when implementing the first command ( sudo snap install waterfox-snap --edge)

337harvey & FrenchPress: I double-clicked and installed the files (didn't know I could do that until now - thanks!) - they appear to have successfully installed, but now I don't know what to do next.

Snap needed it means.

Open the list of applications and find Waterfox.

I made it work!

Turns out, for the deb files, I didn't install the "Waterfox Classic" one (already had two regulars I was trying to make work). Plugged them in, and Firefox Classic is now up and running!

Thank you all, and extra thanks to FrenchPress for the links.

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As a side note, Waterfox "proper" still isn't running, but I suspect Classic will handle all my needs for now. As such, I'm deleting the regular program, and keeping Classic.

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Not sure on this. The original Developer sold Waterfox to a corporate company not long ago. I was under the impression the project is not really being maintained anymore...

According to Wikipaedia, it is still active:

In October 2021, Waterfox G4 was released.[20]

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Actually my preferred Firefox alternative is Palemoon.

Unfortunately, no matter what I do, our main bank website would not let us use it, so we came back to Firefox.

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It still is - their blog was updated as recently as the end of October.

Also, good news, everyone! I've now successfully found a way to make the current(ish) version work for Ubuntu 20.04!

First, run the following:
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/hawkeye116477:/waterfox/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox.list curl
-fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_hawkeye116477_waterfox.gpg > /dev/null
sudo apt update
sudo apt install waterfox-g3-kpe

Then, run the following:
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/hawkeye116477:/waterfox/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox.list curl
-fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:hawkeye116477:waterfox/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_hawkeye116477_waterfox.gpg > /dev/null
sudo apt update
sudo apt install waterfox-current-kpe

You should have a working copy of G3 once done.

I changed a :ballot_box_with_check: from my posting to your posting :slight_smile:

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