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.

4 Comments

  1. jmdesp says:

    Some distro have not very great changes, so it’s nice to be able to download a completely standard version from Mozilla. For example the Ubuntu 8.04 version loads most dynamic libraries from either the Firefox or a private xulrunner directory (libsql comes from the private xulrunner) but also uses quite a few system libraries for pango, cairo, nspr and nss, also those nspr and nss do not have the standard naming (they use a .so.0d .so.1d extension). I have an application for which it’s annoying.

  2. Michael says:

    Is the patch still being considered for RC2? It does seem quite important even though some are being a bit too vocal about it.

  3. Mike says:

    If we do an RC2, we’ll take the patch.

  4. Anonymous says:

    > (…) we’re still shipping official builds of our own to make sure everyone on Linux can experience the goodness that is Firefox 3.

    Linux is not x86 only. Where can I find x86-64 binaries for RC1?