No plans for fennec on the FR
openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Fri Dec 3 16:47:15 CET 2010
On Friday 03 December 2010, Thomas Gstädtner wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 13:17, Timo Jyrinki <timo.jyrinki at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2010/12/3 Delian <delian2 at gmail.com>:
> >> Seems there's no hope of seeing a native FR version of fennec right now.
> >>  Well, we already have nice browsers so, it's not a real big
> >> problem (IMHO).
> >> :P
> >>  https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=450929#c4
> > Well, Mozilla is not very famous of having much interest themselves in
> > building end-user binaries for Linux platforms. Distributions do that
> > for them, and similarly if Fennec will get mature at some point to the
> > point it's feasible to package it into distributions, we'll get them
> > through distributions that support FreeRunner's ARMv4, like Debian.
> Please read the comments in the bug report.
> The issue is not the lack of builds for armv4, the issue is that the
> code seems to have armv4 incompatible assembly code, so you can't
> "just build it for armv4".
> Anyway, I don't think mozilla would object to a 3rd party patch that
> implements said code (if it indeed exists, haven't looked into it yet)
> in a reasonable way for armv4 aditionally. Otherwise distributions
> could patch their sources to provide a package if someone comes up
> with that patch.
I doubt they'd accept a patch. Support for old ARM architectures was actively
dropped because it was causing a lot of problems while giving support for only
a few extra devices, and even then those devices were too slow to get decent
performance out of fennec.
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