Linux, your distro, and you!
Quite some time ago we announced that we would be fully supporting distro Firefox packages, in conjunction with the distributions and their maintainers. This continues to be the case, even though we’re still shipping official builds of our own to make sure everyone on Linux can experience the goodness that is Firefox 3. We’re going to be working on web site changes to help users connect back to their distro package where appropriate.
Much has been made of the issues related to fsync, and this is where the distro connection comes in especially handy. We’ve already received a firm committment from Red Hat/Fedora, Ubuntu, and Novell/OpenSUSE to ship the mitigation patch from the bug, if we do not otherwise need to do an RC2 and thus have a chance to take it in Firefox 3 proper. We’re going to continue to reach out to the rest of the distros shipping Firefox to roll in the patch. This means we can ship sooner, while still ensuring the vast majority of Linux users get the patch. I’d like to thank Alexander Sack, Chris Aillon, and Michael Wolf for being highly responsive to our requests.