Samstag, 22 Aug 2009

Goals:

  • Removal of mozilla, nvu, xulrunner and firefox2.
  • www/firefox35 should be moved to www/firefox.
  • The options USE_GECKO mozilla nvu xulrunner and firefox will be also removed.

Background:
We have a lot of old stuff on the portstree and it’s time to cleanup old stuff.

  • www/mozilla is 5 year old now, no longer supported by upstream, and
    has many many vulnerabilities. We can use www/seamonkey.
  • www/nvu last official release was in 2005, no longer supported, and
    also some vulnerabilities. We have www/kompozer which also need an
    update to get this unbroken.
  • www/xulrunner is old and was replaced by www/libxul. We should not
    hold any old Gecko stuff. Also it’s not longer supported by upstream:
    https://wiki.mozilla.org/XULRunner:Roadmap

Problems which we have to solve:
Some Gnome ports need www/firefox to build and work, but unfortunately
firefox2 isn’t longer supported by the Mozilla Foundation. Also
www/firefox has a lot of vulnerabilities. We should www/firefox
mark FORBIDDEN at this time gives no fixes for the latest securtiy
reports.

We see here 2 ways:

  • The Gnome Team (not the FreeBSD Gnome Team) take time and move all his  stuff to libxul.
  • Or we the FreeBSD Team have to remove all these ports. We know that’s really hard but we should not hold vulnerabilities stuff.

We hope to get here a bit help from the FreeBSD Gnome Team to make it
possible to get some stuff to work with the current libxul version.

Current Status:
We working currently on Firefox 3.6 (alpha1) [2], Thunderbird 3.0 (beta3) [1],
new libxul 1.9.1.2. All 3 are already committed to our repo.

[1] a screenshot from tb3 under FreeBSD
http://tmp.chruetertee.ch/tb3.0b3.png
[2] a screenshot from ff36 under FreeBSD
http://tmp.chruetertee.ch/ff36.png

A current status can you find here:
https://trillian.chruetertee.ch/freebsd-gecko/wiki/TODO

So that’s all at the moment, Feedback, Comments are welcome.


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  1. O.Herold (olhe) 's status on Saturday, 22-Aug-09 19:02:56 UTC - Identi.ca Says:

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  2. Chris (seraphyn) 's status on Sunday, 23-Aug-09 06:52:36 UTC - Identi.ca Says:

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  3. Murray Stokely Says:

    Sounds like a good plan. Thanks for the update.

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