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Friday, February 1, 2013

Firefox in 4MLinux

Firefox is available as a downloadable extension. 4MLinux uses Wine to run the Win32 ("exe") version of this web browser. The guide on how to run Wine in 4MLinux is available here.

1) Choose Firefox from the Internet Menu:

2) You must confirm the installation:

3) Now 4MLinux will download the newest Firefox and Flash Player for you:

4) Flash Player Installer will be opened. You should allow this installation if you want to be able to watch flash videos (e.g. from YouTube):

5) Firefox Installer works in the exact same way as it does in Windows:



  1. Hi, A great distro for my old vye-min S-18 with AMD Geode lx but I cannot seem to get firefox to open. It is installed and gone through the wine installer etc but when clicking to open it states it is already open, but it is not. Any ideas?

    1. Firefox is quite "memory consuming". Use Qupzilla instead.

      Thanks :-)

    2. Does youtube work in qupzilla? and are there any plug in's or any extra required for it to run?
      I dont suppose minitube can be installed?

    3. No, it doesn't, but you have SMTube (in the Multimedia menu), which allows you to watch YouTube videos in a very comfortable way. Just give it a try!

    4. Thanks for all of your help.
      As I said, it is a great distro.

    5. I tried SMTube but kep getting the following error -
      /usr/bin/mplayer -noquiet -nofs -nomouseinput -sub-fuzziness 1 -identify -slave -vo xv, -nokeepaspect -nodr -double -input conf=/usr/local/share/smplayer/input.conf -stop-xscreensaver -wid 14680095 -monitorpixelaspect 1 -ass -embeddedfonts -ass-line-spacing 0 -ass-font-scale 1 -ass-styles /root/.config/smplayer/styles.ass -font Arial -subfont-autoscale 0 -subfont-osd-scale 20 -subfont-text-scale 20 -subcp ISO-8859-1 -subpos 100 -cache 2048 -osdlevel 0 -prefer-ipv4 -noslices -af equalizer=0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0 -softvol -softvol-max 110,ip,ipbits,itag,ratebypass,source,upn,expire&upn=5-ujia0sGOE&ipbits=0&sver=3&expire=1387061787&fexp=935502,927905,913571,939914,916624,909717,932295,936912,936910,923305,936913,907231,907240&source=youtube&ratebypass=yes&key=yt5&mt=1387038187&ip=

      Any ideas what I can do to correct?

    6. I am not sure, but you may try to open SMPlayer > Options > Preferences > Video and change output driver to X11.

    7. Still no joy with x11.
      If Firefox will not install correctly, would the flash player not be installed correctly either? the other browsers say it is missing. Just a thought.

    8. Bad luck :-(

      It has never been my intention to optimize 4MLinux for older machines (see: the MEMORY section in I test 4MLinux on my relatively modern computers with AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA graphics. Anyway, thank you for your feedback.

  2. Hi, first congrats on your excellent distribution. Not everyone's work get the attention yours get and it seems it is well-deserved.

    With your comment above from December 14, 2013, 9:49 AM in mind, I'd like to offer some feedback, since I also own a Geode (LX800) machine -- if nothing else to help other fellow Linuxers.

    First, many apps nowadays require SSE instructions which the Geode hasn't. Seems to be the case of most browsers (but not Firefox). BTW, is there any particular reason to choose the Windows version via Wine over the native one? Is it because you expect sites to treat Firefox for Windows better than the one for Linux?

    I believe the Opera browser may be the lightest option on such machines (if it is the old pre-Blink version).

    These days such machines would be better suited to specific applications (like a web server or firewall or file server or whatever). Browsing might be too much, but a flash blocker could help. HTML5 ads are a pain, nevertheless.

    Standalone uses (like a machine to write books, for instance) would be perfect for it though.