[OLPC-AU] [Dextrose] Support for Firefox 3.5 is ending

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Sun Jun 5 04:39:57 EDT 2011

On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
> 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[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?
> 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.

>From looking at the Browse problem for Fedora 15 / SoaS 5 it seems
that hulahop needs to be ported to the latest xulrunner
2/xulrunner-python and we should be mostly good to go. I have no idea
how much work this would be though.


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