Firefox / Thunderbird 17 ESR for Fedora 16/17

Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at
Sun Sep 23 20:44:40 UTC 2012

On 23.09.2012 13:10, Reindl Harald wrote:
> Am 23.09.2012 13:06, schrieb Thorsten Leemhuis:
>> Has anybody considered to package the ESR releases for Fedora or is the
>> general consensus "that doesn't make much sense, just leads to confusion
>> and is not worth the trouble". I now and then could need a parallel
>> installed Firefox ESR for a Webinterface that officially only supports
>> ESR releases. I can simply install one in my homedir, but it would be
>> nice to have it yum-installable from the stock Fedora repos (but the
>> problem does not bug me enough to submit a package myself).
> you can not have BOTH in the repos in a way that
> the installation doses not conflict and you are
> missing that switch between both will bring
> you problems with your profile

Something like that, yeah.

> YOU may be able to work around them with seperated profiles
> 99 out of 100 users are not and would damage their data

All that software that is involved is open-source, hence solutions or
workarounds for today's problems could be developed if someone thinks it
is worth the trouble.

> what is this for webinterface only supporting ESR?
> why in the world should a WEBPAGE not work with a NEWER firefox?

It's not so much about "work", more about "support", because for a
software vendor it's risky if you are telling your customers that your
software is supporting browsers that are not made yet ;-) Even
supporting state of the art browsers is sometimes something software
companies fail to achieve. Look here for example:

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager Reports tool supports the
following browsers:

    In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 - Firefox 3.6

    In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 - Firefox 3.6

IOW: If you want it or not, you sometimes need older browsers if you
want to run a supported configuration (the example is bad because here
one even needs a old, EOLed browser and not a Firefox ESR that's still
supported; but you get the idea).


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