How To Install SeaMonkey 2.29 On The Most Popular Linux Systems

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The latest installation instructions for SeaMonkey

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, SeaMonkey is an internet suite that includes a web browser, an email and newsgroup client, a HTML editor, an IRC chat and web development tools, based on Mozilla Firefox.

The latest version available is SeaMonkey 2.29, which has been recently released, coming with many changes.

The SeaMonkey 2.29 specific changes:

  • URLs that are too long to be shown completely appear in a tooltip now when hovering the location bar.
  • Coloring of the location bar for HTTPS URLs can be disabled through Preferences now.
  • Certain search engines can be discovered automatically now.
  • The status bar padlock icon features a context menu now.
  • You can now insert formulas in Composer using a dialog (LaTeX to MathML).
  • Feed items can be tagged automatically according to feed category tags now.
  • Searching within a message compose window will now display the find toolbar.
  • The account name is now shown in the status bar when downloading messages from POP servers.
  • Localizability of custom reply headers has been improved (mailnews.reply_header_* preferences).
  • Contact autocompletion in message composition windows now searches for all terms separately (AND search).
  • You can now search for contacts containing parentheses.

In this article I will show you how to install SeaMonkey 2.29 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Debian 8 Jessie, Debian 7 Wheezy, Fedora 20, Fedora 19, CentOS 7, CentOS 6, OpenSUSE 13.1, OpenSUSE 12.3, Mageia 4 and OpenMandriva Lx 2014.

Because SeaMonkey 2.29 is not available via any repository yet, we have to download SeaMonkey 2.29 from the Mozilla site, extract the archive, move to /opt and alias the launcher.

Follow the instructions for your system’s architecture exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install SeaMonkey 2.29 on 32 bit Linux systems:

$ wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/seamonkey/releases/2.29/linux-i686/en-GB/seamonkey-2.29.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf seamonkey-2.29.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/seamonkey
$ sudo cp -r seamonkey /opt/seamonkey
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/seamonkey/seamonkey /usr/bin/seamonkey

To start SeaMonkey 2.29, just open a terminal, type seamonkey and hit enter.

How to install SeaMonkey 2.29 on 64 bit Linux systems:

$ wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/seamonkey/releases/2.29/contrib/seamonkey-2.29.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf seamonkey-2.29.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/seamonkey
$ sudo cp -r seamonkey /opt/seamonkey
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/seamonkey/seamonkey /usr/bin/seamonkey

To start SeaMonkey 2.29, just open a terminal, type seamonkey and hit enter.

Optional, to remove SeaMonkey 2.29, do:

$ sudo rm -rf /opt/seamonkey /usr/bin/seamonkey

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