[OpenIndiana-discuss] Has anyone successfully built a new firefox on OI?

Alan Coopersmith alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
Mon Mar 16 15:31:04 UTC 2015

On 03/15/15 06:02 PM, Harry Putnam wrote:
> Oscar del Rio <delrio at mie.utoronto.ca> writes:
>> On 02/19/15 10:35 AM, Harry Putnam wrote:
>>> Has anyone here managed to build a more recent version of firefox?
>>> My OI 151_9 has version 10.0.12  More uptodate platforms are running
>>> in the 30's... On a recent gentoo box, I see it is 35.0
>> FYI, Firefox 31.5.0esr has been posted
>> http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest-esr/contrib/
> Probably a rather dense headed question... but after looking up
> mozilla esr I'm not at all understanding what it is or why one might
> use it.
> The sight https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/,
> claims that (paraphrasing here) ESR is for Businesses, or other, who
> need exteneded support for mass deployments
> Further along, under `Who should use Mozilla Firefox ESR' it says that
> Moz ESR is meant for organization that manage there client desktops
> And it even tells you that for `personal' use you should get a
> different version.
> Can anyone elaborate a bit about this?

When you have a bunch of internal web apps to support, you often want to
test new browser versions work with them before rolling out new browsers
to all of your users - and with Firefox putting out a new major release
every 6 weeks, trying to certify each of those would swiftly drive most
people insane, thus Firefox lets them do that every 9 months instead
without giving up the ability to get security fixes.

It's a similar model, with shorter cycles, to the common long term support
vs. rapid release model option found in many OS distros.

	-Alan Coopersmith-              alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
	 Oracle Solaris Engineering - http://blogs.oracle.com/alanc

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