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I have ubuntu server edition installed and I want to install firefox inside it , I don't want full ubuntu-desktop package just a minimal setup which would let me run firefox inside ubuntu-server 10.04 LTS

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    Only with a headless X server. Feb 10 '12 at 12:05
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    Do you really need firefox and a gui? Otherwise you could use lynx. Feb 10 '12 at 13:07
  • yes I do and I am looking for a minimum required environment for similar system. Feb 12 '12 at 6:17
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If you just want to install Firefox and run it remotely, install the firefox package. If you also want to run Firefox locally, you'll need a GUI environment: install the x-window-system package. If you also want to run Firefox locally comfortably, you'll need a window manager (any of the packages that provide the x-window-manager virtual package) or desktop environment (the Ubuntu default is Gnome, install at least gnome-core).

I assume you only have a command line at your disposal; use the apt-get command to manipulate packages, or aptitude for a command line or text mode interactive program.

apt-get install firefox x-window-system gnome-core

Strictly speaking, this won't be a minimal system, as it'll pull up a few packages that are recommended but not strictly necessary. Install all recommended packages unless you understand why you don't need them (in other words, if you need to ask, install them all).

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