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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Seamonkey on RC2 - part one : Installation

Since I'm just a contributor, not a developer, working with Black Lab Linux is a never-ending learning experience for me : although the development team makes using the OS seamless and intuitive, there are always tricks and tweaks to make Black Lab work better.
To that end, the Seamonkey is being talked about as an additional browser in RC3 - Opera will be offered as the default browser, but the Seamonkey suite will be available as a lower-resource alternative to Mozilla Firefox, with which it shares an interface and code base.

To install Seamonkey, first use wget to obtain the installation tarball :


Then untar the archive :

tar -xjvf seamonkey-2.33.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2

Then run these three commands to install it :

sudo rm -rf /opt/seamonkey
sudo cp -r seamonkey /opt/seamonkey
sudo ln -sf /opt/seamonkey/seamonkey /usr/bin/seamonkey

That's it. The Seamonkey Internet mail and browsing suite will be installed for your browsing pleasure.

I'm a heavy Mozilla user, mainly for certain Java-dependent tools - the remote support platform that I utilize runs on .jnlp files, and then there's Outlook Web Access, which doesn't seem to work on any browser platform other than Mozilla on Linux. Thanks to RJD for including Seamonkey in Black Lab - until I recently installed it and gave it a try, I was relatively unfamiliar. But compared to Firefox, it seems quick and does exactly what I need it to. Another reason to give Black Lab and the new RC a try!

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