just out of curiosity I tried to get firefox running in a fedora minimal qube. It will install successfully in the template but will not start in the qube.
I have assumed that upon installing programs using “sudo dnf install …” all required dependencies are also installed. This seems not to be the case. How can I find out what is missing systematically without using trial and error?
Another question, which might be related but might not be. I see the standard desktop environment of qubes is xfce. Why do templates like fedora-xx (gnome) and fedora-xx-xfce (xfce) come with their own desktop environment? Isn’t it dead weight? What sense is there to have a certain desktop environment within a template? All I have on my desktop is programs which fill their window completely and these windows live in the qubes desktop environment which I assume is xfce? It is not that I am opening little independent desktops when using different qubes (and I am glad it is the way it is). Am I thinking something fundamentally wrong?
done so: made a qube based on the fedora minimal template and installed firefox (and nothing else) in this template without problems, made a qube from the template and added the application firefox in the settings of my qube (using the qube manager), started a terminal in the qube, typed “firefox” and it says "bash: firefox: command not found"
doing the same in the terminal of the minimal template firefox started just fine …
Network in the minimal template (firefox) is working now thanks to enmus hint. Also helpful resources are these in case anybody else wants to switch to minimal:
I wanted to switch to minimal templates for two reasons: to see if it is possible and to improve my video (browser & dvd) playback, which is a bit jerky especially in horizontal moving scenes…
two things I have not made working so far:
I am not able to install rpmfusion-free-release-tainted so I am unable to install vlc and libdvdcss. Xterm says Curl error (37): couldnt read a file:// file for file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-36
Video playback in firefox is even more jerky and slow as before (unusuable), sometimes videos do not load at all and youtube recommends to restart the machine, something I have not seen before. When switching back to normal fedora (not minimal) it works as good as before.