Move to a portable app model
Posted Jun 7, 2006 21:44 UTC (Wed) by h2
In reply to: Move to a portable app model
Parent article: The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
Easy enough to test, install tarred firefox 1.5 on debian stable, if it runs fine, that's the answer. I might try that in the next few days to see, I've been wanting to do a debian stable or etch install anyway, might as well do both and see how that stuff works. My guess is firefox will install fine as a tarred thing, maybe not the deb, but that's easy to see too by a simple apt-get install firefox -s test.
The extension thing is another matter, but at some point you have to adapt yourself to that situation, every single new version, 1.5.3->1.5.4 for example, can break an extension, extension compatibility is tested every time you upgrade version no matter what.
Very few extension developers pay much attention to older versions, and it's up to them and only them to do that, there's no way anyone else could handle doing extension backward compatibility testing, that's not realistic, and won't happen. You're much better off using the latest firefox, with its glitches, especially if you use extensions heavily, but most people don't do that.
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