[LIVE] HOW-TO install Firefox in an XBMC Live setup

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1. Install the Launcher program
First of, you need to install the Launcher add on in the program menu.

2. Create a launch script
Press CTRL + ALT + F1 and login to the terminal. Create a launch script for the Firefox as follows:
mkdir scripts
cd scripts
sudo nano firefox.sh

Write the following code into the firefox.sh:
fluxbox &
killall -9 fluxbox

Save (CTRL + O) and exit nano (CTRL + X)

Change file read/write settings by typing the following:
sudo chmod +x firefox.sh

3. Download and install the Firefox
Type the following in the terminal:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get –no-install-recommends install firefox flashplugin-nonfree

4. Change the default font size to make it more suitable for the 10 foot interface
Type the following in the terminal:
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Add an option DPI in the monitor section:
Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Monitor0″
Option “DPI” “150 x 150″

5. Remove the unnecessary error message
There will be an unnecessary error message when you will launch the Firefox. To remove this type the following in the terminal:
sudo nano ~/.fluxbox/init

The modify the following lines:
session.screen0.rootCommand: fbsetbg -b -solid black
session.screen0.toolbar.autoHide: true

6. Add the Firefox launcher in to the programs
Reboot the system to enter back to the XBMC by typing:
sudo reboot

Go to Program – Launcher – Add new launcher and select the firefox.sh script.
I would suggest to add the launcher to your favorites so it is easier to find it later.

Congratulations! You have now successfully installed the Firefox browser.

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Post: #47
the instructions by dhoni2011 worked great, and i'm a linux noob
2 small points -
step 3 - the following line has one small edit (note the --no-install)
sudo apt-get -–no-install-recommends install firefox flashplugin-nonfree

step 5 - i struggled to find the ~/.fluxbox/init file. somehow found it eventually but initially couldn't find it. some linux person be able to add idiot proof steps

on live install - lucid

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Post: #48
Would be great if it worked.

Cant find ~/.fluxbox/ini

Also I have no xorg.conf file

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(This post was last modified: 2011-05-30 18:51 by MarkosJal.)
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i also am running xbmc live dharma- ubuntu 10.4 and i do not have a xorg.conf
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I will second thomasjay's post. Has anyone figured out how to set a "launched" program to full screen? Maybe it is just a matter of finding out the DPI of our TV or monitor and setting the xorg to match the DPI. I have mine set the recommended 150 x 150, but it sure looks as though it is much bigger than that as it takes up over half the screen. I have a 52" TV and my resolution is set to 1920x1080. Any help would be great. Getting ready to watch some ESPN3 and football. Thanks
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If you have a WinDOS box, Paint.Net is a good one.
(This post was last modified: 2012-05-22 14:33 by Csimbi.)
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