a plea: please don't deprecate FF 3.6 yet
flo at freebsd.org
Thu Mar 22 17:07:53 UTC 2012
On 16.03.2012 11:13, Beat Gaetzi wrote:
> 2012/3/16 Anton Shterenlikht <mexas at bristol.ac.uk>:
>> I'm on ia64, and www/firefox doesn't build.
>> www/firefox36 is about the only full featured
>> browser that does build on ia64.
> As far as I know not only ia64 is affected by the deprecation
> of Firefox 3.6. I know that PowerPC is no longer supported
> in newer versions of Firefox. I don't know the current status
> of Firefox on sparc64 but I assume that it currenty doesn't
>> I've several open bug reports with mozilla:
> Thanks, for opening these bugreports!
>> I understand it's a pain to keep obsolete
>> software in ports, and I'm trying to find
>> a newer alternative. However, with the current
>> pace of version numbers in mozilla project, FF12
>> might be coming out tomorrow, and I'm not ready
>> to migrate from 3.6 yet.
> Firefox 3.6 will be end-of-life on April 24th. My intention was
> to remove it with the relase of Firefox 12 as at that point
> upstream no longer provides security updates and I like to
> avoid having vulnerable software in the portstree which is
> no longer maintained (yes, we also have to update libxul as
> the current version is based on Firefox 3.6...).
> Flo, whats your opinion on this?
I agree that we should remove firefox36 as soon as the first
vulnerability is announced that Mozilla won't fix. Currently Beat and I
can barely keep up with keeping all the gecko ports up to date. We have
very little time to fix/improve things already, so we are not in a
position to start applying security fixes to deprecated ports.
We should concentrate on making www/firefox-esr (once it's in the tree)
work on as many platforms as possible.
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