Q/A: the Firefox 3.0 builds for Solaris 10
By pengyang on Jun 29, 2008
Got some questions about the Firefox 3.0 builds for Solaris 10. I think it's good to start a new post to explain it a little bit.
Would like to give some updates for the builds first. The tar ball builds were uploaded, totally four builds are available now(pkgadd: x86/SPARC, tarball: x86/SPARC). All of them were made on Solaris 10 initial release(FCS). So they are supposed to work on all the Solaris 10 and update releases.
Q: What's the different between these four builds and the first binary?
A: The first binary was made on Solaris 10U5 box. I got a suggestion that the builds should be made on the initial release to embrace more Solaris 10 users. So I rebuilt them and uploaded.
Q: I've installed Firefox 2.0 contributed package. Will 3.0 conflict with it?
A: No. The package will install to /opt/sfw/lib/firefox3 and won't conflict with 2.0, which is in /opt/sfw/lib/firefox. And /opt/sfw/bin/firefox is just a symbol link to /opt/sfw/lib/firefox3/firefox. You can always make one yourself.
Q: Some extensions don't work.
A: This is an known issues for Firefox 3.0 across all the platform. I think the extension developers will update their package soon.
Q: Why does the installation directory needs to be writeable for the tar ball release?
A: Please refer to the thread here.
Q: I feel that Firefox 3.0 runs slower on my SPARC box than 2.0.
A: There is an known issue for Firefox 3.0 on SPARC box without Xrender. Ginn has provided a patch to improve this(thanks a lot). My own experience is that the performance has been improved a lot. There might be still posibility to improve.
Q: Is there any FF3.0 feature that could not be made available to the current rel for solaris10?
A: From my experience, all the features should be available for these builds. Please refer to the feature list.
Q: Will this bundle work on OpenSolaris 2008.05?
A: No. All these builds can only work on Solaris 10. We've provided the builds for OpenSolaris and Solaris Nevada here.
Q: TJHSST provided another contributed builds. Are both packages basically the same?
A: It's obvious that all the glib/atk... version are different between this contributed builds and the one provided by Sun. So I assume that there are some difference. To know about the detail, we need to get in touch with TJHSST first. But I don't find any contact information. So anyone know about this, please feel free to let me know.
Q: Is Minefield a post-Firefox 3 beta release? Is it based on the beta nightly builds, and thus not fully tested?
A: Actually, the builds Minefield were made from Firefox 3.0 source directly, with only several branding patches(performance improvement for SPARC for example). The reason for switching off the option "--enable-official-branding" is because of the quality concern. I posted the builds before Sun's internal testing and hope for some community feedback. With some users' replies and my own user experience, and also some internal testing(not full functional testing yet), I think the quality is good. Kudos to the Mozilla community.
Q: Is the new Firefox 3 Solaris 10 build(TJHSST) the REAL FX 3 release, fully tested and stable?
A: TJHSST should the right source to get the answer for this.
Q: Has anyone compared these two packages with each other on Solaris 10?
Any opinions on relative stability/functionality? Which do you recommend?
A: No, we don't have a plan to compare these two. You might have a basic idea about the builds provide by Sun. Please raise the questions to desktop dash discuss at opensolaris dot org if you decide to choose it. We'll move the contributed builds to Sun's directory soon.