[iyonix-support] Re: Problem installing Firefox-2-r2

  • From: Peter Naulls <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: iyonix-support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2007 18:38:39 -0800

In message <87787ebe4e.davehigton@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
          Dave Higton <davehigton@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> OK, Peter, I accept what you say.  But let's look at this from another
> angle too.

Yes, let's.   But I'll only be repeating stuff I've said before -
fortunately, it continues to remain true.

> There are a few people on the RISC OS scene who are programmers to a
> greater or lesser extent, and would like to contribute technically
> to Firefox.  But acquiring enough specific knowledge to begin is an
> insuperable hurdle at the moment.

It's not, for a number of reasons.  One of those is that improving
UnixLib and ChoX11 when targetting small ported applications helps other
applications, including Firefox and Thunderbird, without having to
tackle its code.

> Let me challenge you.  You are the best, indeed probably the only,
> person who can solve this problem, and give others the knowledge to
> allow them to contribute.  My suggestion is that you invest the time
> and effort to write up, in step by step detail, how to do this.

No need.  John Tytgat and I already invested considerable effort in this
more than a year ago.  Follow this, and substitute "firefox" for "wget".
This will give you an AOF-based 1.5 Firefox.  The step to building
version 2 from there is relatively small, and not relly relevant to this


> After that, there is still a need for management and co-ordination
> to ensure that necessary work is done exactly once.  Perhaps a
> mailing list for RISC OS Firefox developers.  You're going to have
> to take part in this too.

Porting issues are more than welcome on the GCCSDK mailing list, and are
the most appropriate forum.  I'll see you there when you have more
questions, and you've built the 1.5 Firefox.

> Do you agree with all the above?

Of course.  But the point is, I agreed with it more than 3 years ago,
and spent considerable time and effort to address these very points.
But little has been done to make use of these facilities.

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