[support-gang] Firefox won't install on XO-1/Gnome; other options?

Kevin Gordon Gmail kgordon420 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 09:20:26 EDT 2014

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From: James Cameron
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 00:37
To: Kevin Gordon Gmail
Cc: support-gang at lists.laptop.org; OLPC Devel
Subject: Re: [support-gang] Firefox won't install on XO-1/Gnome; other options?

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:59:17PM -0400, Kevin Gordon Gmail wrote:
> On an xo-1, using the official 12.1 from download.laptop.org as a
> base, I am able to successfully yum install firefox with the 2 new
> dependencies (fedora-bookmarks, xulrunner) and 7 updates - mostly
> nss* modules). FF works fine with the Google and Gmail sites.

That version of Firefox (13.0-1.fc17) is very old, and has security
vulnerabilities. Do not let anybody use it.


The version that installed using 'yum install' is 22.0-1.fc17. Perhaps the update repo contains a newer version?

Also, speaking selfishly, I don't think our specific deployments can keep up with that almost weekly update cycle from mozilla. Besides chewing bandwidth, the new updates sometimes  break stuff:-). I think one needs to evaluate the probability of someone actually being susceptible on the attack vector when using fedora 17/crippled flash in concert with ff.

Everyone needs to do their own plan, risks, costs, ‎needs.  For example, if one needs to run google search on 12.1, there will be some compromise made somewhere.  For example, neither firefox nor opera use the journal.
James Cameron

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