Support for Firefox 3.5 is ending

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at
Sun Jun 5 01:50:41 EDT 2011

(sorry - sending again because I had the wrong address for the olpc devel list)

Firefox 3.5 is being EOLed by Mozilla[0] and Google is dropping
support for it[1]. In 10.1.3 this is default Web browser in GNOME and
the backend of the Browse activity, so we should be thinking of what
that means for us.

The plan for Australia is to have a Fedora 14 build (based on DX12)
ready by January. F14 comes with Firefox 3.6, which is the oldest
version supported by Mozilla and Google.

What would be even better is to have Firefox 4 available. By January,
Firefox 3.6 will be quite old and close to EOL. Firefox 4 is a fair
bit faster than 3.6, allowing us to squeeze extra performance out of
our XOs. There is a yum repository for F14[2].

I use this on my F14 work machine (albeit in x86_64), and I've had no
problem. Browse continues to work in Sugar.

Are there any thoughts/plans about including Firefox 4 in the OLPC/DX OS?



Sridhar Dhanapalan
Technical Manager
One Laptop per Child Australia
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