[Dextrose] Support for Firefox 3.5 is ending
dfarning at activitycentral.com
Sat Jun 4 20:37:13 EDT 2011
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> From: dextrose-bounces at lists.sugarlabs.org [mailto:dextrose-
> bounces at lists.sugarlabs.org] On Behalf Of Bernie Innocenti
> Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 2:34 AM
> To: Sridhar Dhanapalan
> Cc: OLPC Devel; OLPC Australia list; Dextrose
> Subject: Re: [Dextrose] Support for Firefox 3.5 is ending
> On Sun, 2011-06-05 at 15:50 +1000, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
> > (sorry - sending again because I had the wrong address for the olpc
> > devel list)
> > Firefox 3.5 is being EOLed by Mozilla and Google is dropping
> > support for it. 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.
> > 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?
> There was some discussion at EduJam. Browse is currently unmaintained, but
> Simon Schampijer and Gonzalo Odiard expressed interest in working on it. There
> was the question of missing support for the Python bindings of GtkMozEmbed,
> but the problem appears to be solved now.
What is the solution?
> In the longer term, there's also the option of switching to Surf, an
> browser based on WebKit which promises to be faster and less memory hungry
> than Browse. This depends on Lucian Branescu (or someone
> else) resuming the work on it. Migrating to Surf wasn't feasible with Fedora
> because too many of WebKitGtk's dependencies were missing.
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