No plans for fennec on the FR

Al Johnson openmoko at
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> wrote:
> > 2010/12/3 Delian <delian2 at>:
> >> Seems there's no hope of seeing a native FR version of fennec right now.
> >> [0] Well, we already have nice browsers so,  it's not a real big
> >> problem (IMHO).
> >> 
> >> :P
> >> 
> >> [0]
> > 
> > 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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