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2.1. Installing Firefox

Firefox's installer is a pretty small download for a web browser—Version 1.0 weighed in at a mere 4.8 MB (compare that to IE's bloat, which requires you to download between 11 and 75 MB!)—so it shouldn't take that long to download it onto your hard drive. Got it? Then follow these steps to install Firefox:

  1. Close any other open web browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.), and then double-click on the installer you just downloaded. Firefox Setup will kick in, and you'll get the Welcome screen. As the cops say, "Nothing to see here... move along." So choose Next.

  2. Now you get to the Software License Agreement, which you can see in [click here].


    No one ever reads these things, since they're usually just legal mumbo-jumbo; however, you should read this one. The license for Internet Explorer is a typical proprietary, closed source license, warning you in the strictest, scariest terms that if you do anything at all that is not explicitly allowed in the license, you will be punished by having to count—by hand—Bill Gates's penny collection.

    The Firefox license is different, though. It's an open source license (specifically, the Mozilla Firefox End-User Software License Agreement), and it actually sounds like it was written by a human being instead of a lawyer (I'm allowed to say that—my wife's a lawyer). It's also very generous. As one of my technology class students once said after I tortured the class by forcing them to read both the Windows XP and an open source license, "The Microsoft document is all about what you can't do, and the open source document is all about what you can do." That's about as simple as it gets.

    So, read the license agreement, and when you're done, choose "I Accept the terms" and press Next.

  3. [click here] shows you what you'll see next: the Setup Type window.


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