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Anyone know where I can get Firefox with linkable Gecko libraries? [message #465694] Mon, 19 December 2005 19:31 Go to next message
Joe Mihalich is currently offline Joe MihalichFriend
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I've read the FAQ about this, and seen another thread here that says you
need a special
version of firefox that is not the standard downloadable version.

Has anyone seen a URL that hosts such a version that will work on Linux?
I'm using
Suse Linux 9. I read somewhere (I thought) that Suse 9 ships with an
acceptable version
but our install does not have it, if that's the case.

I'd much rather use firefox, than mozilla if I can.

Thanks,
Joe
Re: Anyone know where I can get Firefox with linkable Gecko libraries? [message #465698 is a reply to message #465694] Mon, 19 December 2005 20:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Daniel Spiewak is currently offline Daniel SpiewakFriend
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Fedora Core ships with a dynamically linked version of firefox. However, Redhat has chosen not to set a GRE_PATH (or some corresponding variable) for Firefox. It's possible to compile Firefox yourself dynamically linked. Just download the source and read the README on compilation (it's fairly straightforward). Be forewarned though, firefox won't perform as well dynamically linked (long CPU time for certain operations, etc). Also, as an asside, Firefox takes about eight to nine hours to compile (on a 1.7 Ghtz Celeron with 256 MB RAM and a fast HD running Gentoo).

AFAIK, no other distro or download site offers a dynamically linked version of Firefox.
Re: Anyone know where I can get Firefox with linkable Gecko libraries? [message #465804 is a reply to message #465694] Tue, 20 December 2005 17:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Billy Biggs is currently offline Billy BiggsFriend
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Joe Mihalich wrote:
> I've read the FAQ about this, and seen another thread here that says you
> need a special version of firefox that is not the standard downloadable
> version.
>
> Has anyone seen a URL that hosts such a version that will work on Linux?
> I'm using Suse Linux 9. I read somewhere (I thought) that Suse 9 ships
> with an acceptable version but our install does not have it, if
> that's the case.
>
> I'd much rather use firefox, than mozilla if I can.

The SWT Browser widget uses the Mozilla embedding API. Firefox is
also built using this API. What web browser you use daily makes no
difference to SWT: you can have both mozilla and firefox installed, use
firefox as your browser, and have SWT use the xpcom libraries from your
Mozilla install.

In SuSE 10, my understanding is that there is a package called
"xulrunner" which provides the gecko libraries in a form which can be
used by SWT. For SuSE 9, I believe you will need to have the mozilla
packages to get an embeddable runtime, but I am not sure.

Let me know if you're still having trouble.

-Billy
Re: Anyone know where I can get Firefox with linkable Gecko libraries? [message #465806 is a reply to message #465698] Tue, 20 December 2005 17:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Billy Biggs is currently offline Billy BiggsFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Daniel Spiewak wrote:
> Fedora Core ships with a dynamically linked version of firefox. However,
> Redhat has chosen not to set a GRE_PATH (or some corresponding
> variable) for Firefox.

To clarify, they haven't registered it as a GRE. See:

http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/GRE_Registration

In the future, distributions will have a small package called
"xulrunner" which provides an embeddable runtime, so people won't
have to waste the disk space for a full mozilla install.

I would like to stress though. There is no difference in
behaviour of the SWT Browser widget for using gecko from a dynamic
firefox versus a dynamic mozilla. This is purely a packaging
issue of where you get gecko from. The only downside to having
both installed is that you're using a little more disk space.

-Billy
Re: Anyone know where I can get Firefox with linkable Gecko libraries? [message #465869 is a reply to message #465804] Tue, 20 December 2005 23:34 Go to previous message
Joe Mihalich is currently offline Joe MihalichFriend
Messages: 25
Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Great. Thanks for the information.

I have chosen to just go with the mozilla 1.7.3 GTK 2 binary from the
mozilla download site.

You are right...in our scenario, you don't see the browser frame anyway
with
the SWT Browser class...so it really doesn't make a different which
browser
we use as long as it works.

Joe

"Billy Biggs" <bbiggs@ca.ibm.com> wrote in message
news:do9dbf$fhl$1@utils.eclipse.org...
> Joe Mihalich wrote:
>> I've read the FAQ about this, and seen another thread here that says you
>> need a special version of firefox that is not the standard downloadable
> > version.
>>
>> Has anyone seen a URL that hosts such a version that will work on Linux?
>> I'm using Suse Linux 9. I read somewhere (I thought) that Suse 9 ships
> > with an acceptable version but our install does not have it, if
> > that's the case.
>>
>> I'd much rather use firefox, than mozilla if I can.
>
> The SWT Browser widget uses the Mozilla embedding API. Firefox is also
> built using this API. What web browser you use daily makes no difference
> to SWT: you can have both mozilla and firefox installed, use firefox as
> your browser, and have SWT use the xpcom libraries from your Mozilla
> install.
>
> In SuSE 10, my understanding is that there is a package called
> "xulrunner" which provides the gecko libraries in a form which can be used
> by SWT. For SuSE 9, I believe you will need to have the mozilla packages
> to get an embeddable runtime, but I am not sure.
>
> Let me know if you're still having trouble.
>
> -Billy
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