Firefox question

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Aug 15 15:59:29 UTC 2015

On Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 09:36:45AM -0453, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> NetBSD-users list is full of posts about Firefox v40.<whatever> 
> apparently being a bit flaky. I did a 'pkg version -vRL=' this A.M. & it 
> listed Firefox 40.0_4,1 as upgrade candidate (I'm on 39.0,1 now). Has 
> anyone tried the newer FF ? Any issues :-) ? I use FF mucho for 
> browsing, don't need any foul-ups, so fess up :-) !!!! TIA & have a nice 
> weekend.

The initial 40.0_1 was flaky. Subsequent revisions fixed this. Basically by
setting the configuration “layers.offmainthreadcomposition.enabled” to false
by default. The current portrevision 40.0_5,1 runs fine.

There has been some churn in recent firefox versions;
- A switch back to GTK+2, then allowing GTK+3 again.
- Logging is not longer optional.
- Some platforms have switched to off-main-thread compositioning. This doesn't
  seem to work well on FreeBSD.

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