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Re: Firefox 60esr on Stretch ?




On Thu, May 03, 2018 at 02:29:59PM +0200, Julien Cristau wrote:
> On 05/03/2018 02:09 PM, Julien Aubin wrote:
> > Firefox 60esr is due for next week.
> > 
> > As of now Debian Stretch is bound to Firefox ESR 52 which reaches EOL
> > soon. The problem is that it becomes less and less usable as more and
> > more extensions are becoming incompatible with it.
> > 
> > So what's the future of Firefox in stable ? Can we expect to have the
> > 60esr release and if so, when, or will we stick w/ 52esr ? If needed I
> > can test it alongside upgraded xul-ext packages if you put it in
> > proposed-updates or on mozilla.debian.net.
> 
> I expect nothing much different from previous ESR cycles: stretch will move
> to 60 after 52 goes EOL in September.

That's really, really out of what would be reasonable for a stable update.

We'd need backports to stretch of multiple compilers, plenty of libraries.
It would also break the entire XUL ecosystem.

At this point, it'd be probably better to look into one of forks that claim
security support, of those the only candidate is Waterfox: version >= that
of Firefox in stable, the project has been going for awhile.

Any of possible options, though, make me really sorry for anyone who
maintains a browser... :(


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