MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#31 Postby entropyfoe » Wed May 02, 2012 10:22 am

Is there a Firefox 10 LTS available in the repositories?
I am interested in the stability (in concert with the Mepis philosophy) and lower frequency of updates/breakages associated with the LTS version.

I am using it on my wife's XP box with good stable results.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#32 Postby kmathern » Wed May 02, 2012 10:55 am

entropyfoe wrote:Is there a Firefox 10 LTS available in the repositories?
I am interested in the stability (in concert with the Mepis philosophy) and lower frequency of updates/breakages associated with the LTS version.

I am using it on my wife's XP box with good stable results.
-Jay


I would just use the iceweasel esr package from mozilla.debian.net.

If you goto http://mozilla.debian.net/ and choose "stable (Squeeze)", "Iceweasel", "esr" from the dropdown selections, it will give you the repo entries shown below to add to your sources.list.

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deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main

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deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-esr

You can install it with the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install -t squeeze-backports iceweasel


Finally, you can get tarballs of the firefox esr release here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all.html if you have objections to using iceweasel.

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#33 Postby uncle mark » Wed May 02, 2012 11:34 am

The Firefox ESR releases are the way I'm going with every new setup I do, whether it be Win or Lin. I don't need the headaches with the constant updates and broken add-ons.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#34 Postby iridesce » Sat May 26, 2012 5:49 pm

Greetings and major thanks for the packaging work donated to our community :celebrate:

I upgraded to FF 12 on the below machine using the test repo - install went fine.
However when I open it up, enter a url and click enter it immediately dies.
If I reopen FF12, I am able to reenter the url and then go to that site - though if I open another tab and try to go to that site again it immediately dies.

System: Host: host Kernel: 2.6.36-1-mepis64-smp x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.4.5)
Desktop KDE 4.5.3 (Qt 4.7.1) Distro: MEPIS 11.0 squeeze
Machine: Mobo: Dell model: 07JC8T version: A10 serial: .622G3N1.CN7016612F0035. Bios: Dell version: A10 date: 10/25/2010
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5 CPU M 560 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10640.3
Clock Speeds: 1: 1197.00 MHz 2: 1197.00 MHz 3: 1197.00 MHz 4: 1197.00 MHz
Info: Processes: 185 Uptime: 46 min Memory: 790.4/5783.6MB Runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.4.5 Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.15-1


I would appreciate any ideas - thanks again
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#35 Postby Stevo » Sun May 27, 2012 6:32 pm

That sure sounds weird. I can suggest some of the standard program troubleshooting:

open a terminal and execute

firefox

then get it to crash to see if any errors show in the terminal. Then also try

firefox -safe-mode

to start without any extensions, then see if you can still get it to crash. If not, then it's due to an extension, and one has to find it through the process of elimination.

Or you can run the program as another user, and see if it still crashes for that user. If not, then it's some setting in your profile.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#36 Postby Stevo » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:51 pm

Bump: FF 13.0 now available in the main test repo.
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#37 Postby masinick » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:11 pm

uncle mark wrote:The Firefox ESR releases are the way I'm going with every new setup I do, whether it be Win or Lin. I don't need the headaches with the constant updates and broken add-ons.


If I may be so bold to suggest it, I was thinking that a solid way to approach the browser needs for the next release would be to either offer an alternative of the Iceweasel 10.0.4 (maybe 10.0.5 now) ESR release as the stable option (Iceweasel was a nightmare a few years ago, but this ESR release appears to be holding up pretty well. Then for those who want to keep up with the current Firefox release, instead of building a .deb package over and over again from the Ubuntu PPA, why not offer an option to obtain the Mozilla-supported, released version of Firefox, which comes with the feature that optionally allows you to check for updates?

By making the stable Iceweasel ESR version available, that keeps in line with Debian, and also provides a relatively static version of the browser, one that updates primarily when there are security updates. This is the one that matches the ESR version that Mozilla puts out for enterprise use.

Then, by offering the frequently updated version of Firefox (which went from Version 12.0 to Version 13.0 just this week), that appeases those who want to always have the latest version.

Is this a feasible approach to consider?

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#38 Postby JimC » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:09 am

Is it possible to "roll back" to the Firefox 12 release that was in the community repos?

Since upgrading to Firefox 13, I've been having issues with an add-on I rely on. This one:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... if-viewer/

It works for a while with a fresh load of Firefox 13, then stops working for no apparent reason later (when you right click on an image file and use the menu choice to View Exif, it just never loads the screen with the info). No errors, it just doesn't do anything. Restarting Firefox corrects it (it will work for a while, then stop working again for no apparent reason).

That's getting to be very irritating. So, I'd prefer to roll back to FF 12 (I never saw any issues with it using FF 12 from the CR), and I haven't updated any other software or plugins since installing FF 13 (so something to do with FF 13 is causing the problem with this add on).

But, when I go into Synaptic and look at available versions with the Community Repos enabled, FF 12 isn't there anymore.

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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#39 Postby kmathern » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:33 am

JimC wrote:Is it possible to "roll back" to the Firefox 12 release that was in the community repos?

Since upgrading to Firefox 13, I've been having issues with an add-on I rely on. This one:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... if-viewer/

It works for a while with a fresh load of Firefox 13, then stops working for no apparent reason later (when you right click on an image file and use the menu choice to View Exif, it just never loads the screen with the info). No errors, it just doesn't do anything. Restarting Firefox corrects it (it will work for a while, then stop working again for no apparent reason).

That's getting to be very irritating. So, I'd prefer to roll back to FF 12 (I never saw any issues with it using FF 12 from the CR), and I haven't updated any other software or plugins since installing FF 13 (so something to do with FF 13 is causing the problem with this add on).

But, when I go into Synaptic and look at available versions with the Community Repos enabled, FF 12 isn't there anymore.
I don't find any Mepis 11.0 FF12 packages in the CR testrepo pool folder (http://main.mepis-deb.org/mepiscr/testr ... f/firefox/). The FF12 packages built for M8.5 are still there, you might be able to use them. Tim or Stevo might also have backup copies of the Mepis 11.0 FF12 packages set aside somewhere.

You can still download FF12 tarballs from:
64bit: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/12.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-12.0.tar.bz2
32bit: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/12.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-12.0.tar.bz2
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Re: MEPIS 11 Community Repo: The Firefox Thread

#40 Postby JimC » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:34 am

I found it (I still had a copy of the .deb for FF12 in /var/cache/apt/archives/). So, I just reinstalled it using dpkg -i

But, it might be a good idea to keep older versions of upgraded packages in the community repos available, in case others have issues and want to roll back to a previous release of something after upgrading.


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