MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#11 Postby Stevo » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:33 pm

7.0.1 seems to be working really well, at least for me and the others that have installed it, so I'd go for it. Go to Settings--Preferences in Synaptic and set the preferred distro to "mepis" to have the CR versions show up as upgrades.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#12 Postby Stevo » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:48 pm

m_pav wrote:I

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I discovered some additional updates that appeared to be related to mozilla type packages, like xulrunner and libmozjs4d (and libqtwebkit4, though not too convinced it is related), then cleared all my caches as I did at the first, then re-tested and the same page that took 24 seconds to load was fully loaded in 6 seconds using FF 7.01 but it took Chrome 8s for the same page, so I had to check out where the discrepancy was. FF was not displaying a flash element, so I installed Adblock for Chrome and retested, both are now 6 seconds.

From this experience, I would say there maybe should be a couple of additional deps added in, or at the very least, have them marked as suggested packages for the latest upgrade to assist those who have just decided to give the CR test repo a try.

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The first two are actually parts of the iceweasel 7.0.1 package we also have in the CR. Debian splits out the xulrunner engine and the Javascript engine into separate packages, but the Ubuntu version I use as a base for Firefox builds the same engines but keeps everything all in one deb.

Firefox/Thunderbird does have a config choice to use the external xulrunner 7.0.1 engine if built against the libxulrunner-dev headers, which would cut compile time from about an hour to a few minutes, since building the xulrunner libraries takes almost all the build time. Maybe I'll hack around with it to see if I can get it to work, but usually the Ubuntu PPA packages are available to rebuild sooner the the iceweasel sources for libxulrunner.

Libqtwebkit4 is not related to the Mozilla packages, it's sort of a browser engine that is built into QT4. That update was for a newer QT designer, I think.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#13 Postby carlnyc » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:32 pm

Stevo wrote:bump: 7.0.1 now in the main testing repo.


That's 'firefox-gnome-support' in Synaptic, correct?

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#14 Postby carlnyc » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:59 pm

carlnyc wrote:
Stevo wrote:bump: 7.0.1 now in the main testing repo.


That's 'firefox-gnome-support' in Synaptic, correct?

Thanks!


And it's accessed with the icon commands: usr/bin/firefox (and usr/bin/thunderbird)?

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#15 Postby Zevon » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:22 pm

Stevo wrote:7.0.1 seems to be working really well, at least for me and the others that have installed it, so I'd go for it. Go to Settings--Preferences in Synaptic and set the preferred distro to "mepis" to have the CR versions show up as upgrades.


So far so good, and thanks again for your work for us all! Harking back a little to my previous enquiry... I have installed Firefox 7.0.1 but wonder if I should have actually installed Iceweasel 7.0.1 instead?

Even though synaptic showed Firefox 4 as installed, the browser itself indicated that it was Iceweasel 4. I didn't really expect the same behavior from a community install so just installed Firefox 7.0.1, now some things are not working, in particular my "Secure Login" add-on. All the information is there username/password wise but the automation has vanished and only manual logins are possible. Is this in any way connected to some of the files that synaptic removed I wonder? "xulrunner" & "mozjs4d" I think they were...

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#16 Postby Stevo » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:52 pm

carlnyc wrote:
Stevo wrote:bump: 7.0.1 now in the main testing repo.


That's 'firefox-gnome-support' in Synaptic, correct?

Thanks!


Actually, just the firefox-7.0.1+build1+nobin....(removing a lot of versioning info) package is what you need.

The firefox-gnome-support package provides some extra stuff to help out if you are running the GNOME desktop, so we don't need it for KDE.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#17 Postby Stevo » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:59 pm

Zevon wrote:
Stevo wrote:7.0.1 seems to be working really well, at least for me and the others that have installed it, so I'd go for it. Go to Settings--Preferences in Synaptic and set the preferred distro to "mepis" to have the CR versions show up as upgrades.


So far so good, and thanks again for your work for us all! Harking back a little to my previous enquiry... I have installed Firefox 7.0.1 but wonder if I should have actually installed Iceweasel 7.0.1 instead?

Even though synaptic showed Firefox 4 as installed, the browser itself indicated that it was Iceweasel 4. I didn't really expect the same behavior from a community install so just installed Firefox 7.0.1, now some things are not working, in particular my "Secure Login" add-on. All the information is there username/password wise but the automation has vanished and only manual logins are possible. Is this in any way connected to some of the files that synaptic removed I wonder? "xulrunner" & "mozjs4d" I think they were...


The two that got removed were part of the firefox-4.0.1 MEPIS package, which is actually just an iceweasel rebranded back to firefox. The CR builds of Firefox are different, being rebuilt from the Ubuntu version with the Ubuntu-specific patches (bookmarks and Unity stuff) disabled. You can install both Firefox 7.0.1 and Iceweasel 7.0.1 at the same time for comparision; they do differ in the Debian-specific patches, plus Iceweasel is split into several different packages instead of one, but I can't see much difference myself.

Your extension probably was not compatible with a newer Firefox, but there may be a newer version that is, or you can try disabling the compatibility check and see if it still works.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#18 Postby Zevon » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:39 pm

Stevo wrote:The two that got removed were part of the firefox-4.0.1 MEPIS package, which is actually just an iceweasel rebranded back to firefox. The CR builds of Firefox are different, being rebuilt from the Ubuntu version with the Ubuntu-specific patches (bookmarks and Unity stuff) disabled. You can install both Firefox 7.0.1 and Iceweasel 7.0.1 at the same time for comparision; they do differ in the Debian-specific patches, plus Iceweasel is split into several different packages instead of one, but I can't see much difference myself.

Your extension probably was not compatible with a newer Firefox, but there may be a newer version that is, or you can try disabling the compatibility check and see if it still works.


Thanks for the info on the packages. I checked the add-on compatibility issue as I always do and all appeared fine, pleased to report that the login add-on works on some other sites just like it normally did on all of them. Not on "forum.mepiscommunity.org" though. :(

The other recurring glitch is that when I try to open emailed htm/html links from Thunderbird it appears to start Firefox but then I get an error report about Firefox crashing and the option to report this to Mozilla. So I have a few times. ;)

Very tempted to try Iceweasel now and see what that does...

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#19 Postby Stevo » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:46 pm

Bump: 8.0 now in test CR.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#20 Postby Gaer Boy » Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:50 pm

Upgraded to 8.0 and it seems faster than 7.0.1. No problems, although I run few add-ons (Adblock Plus and Download Helper). This is on my 4.6.5 upgrade.

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