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Firefox/Thunderbird: Tar file or RPM?

David Kramer wrote:
> I'm frustrated by the fact that it takes forever for RPMs to show up
> after releases of FireFox and Thunderbird...

Presumably that happens only about once a year when actual feature
releases occur - right? Otherwise you'd be downloading security updates,
which your distribution probably issues with less delay.

> ...because I like to upgrade as soon as my "must-have" plugins are
> supported.

You don't necessarily need to wait. The "Nightly Tester Tools"[1]
extension can be used to override the version requirements of other
extension, most of which will work on newer versions of the browser.


> Do y'all tend to use RPMs and wait, or use tar files and deal with the
> fact that there's no installer setting up icons in your menus, etc?

If I was in a rush, I guess the first thing I'd do is try rebuilding the
package for my distro using the newer source and the distro patches from
the last release, rather than switching to an unpackaged source install.


Tom Metro
Venture Logic, Newton, MA, USA
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