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Aurora goes Firefox Developer Edition

November 17th, 2014 Comments off

Mozilla announced a few days ago a new flavour of the Firefox browser called Firefox Developer Edition. This new Firefox edition is in fact replacing the previous Aurora version. Just to add some background how it was structured until a few days ago:

  • Nightly – nightly builds of mozilla-central which is basically Mozilla’s HEAD
  • Aurora – regular builds published for openSUSE under mozilla:alpha
  • Beta – weekly builds for openSUSE under mozilla:beta
  • Release – full stable public releases as shipped as end user product for openSUSE under mozilla and in Factory/Tumbleweed

There is a 6 weeks cycle where the codebase goes from Nightly to Aurora to Beta to Release while it stabilizes.

Now as Aurora is replaced to be Firefox Developer Edition I am also changing the way how to deliver those to openSUSE users:

  • Nightly – there are no RPMs provided. People who want to run it can/should grab an upstream tarball
  • Firefox Developer Edition – now available as package firefox-dev-edition from the mozilla repository
  • Beta – no changes, available (as long time permits) from mozilla:beta
  • Release – no changes, available in mozilla and submitted to openSUSE Factory / Tumbleweed

A few more notes on the Firefox Developer Edition RPMs for openSUSE:

  • it’s brand new so please send me feedback about packaging issues
  • it can be installed in parallel to Release or Beta and is started as firefox-dev and is using a different profile unless you change that default; therefore it can even run in parallel with regular Firefox
  • it carries most of the openSUSE specific patches (including KDE integration)
  • it currently has NO branding packages and therefore does not use exactly the same preferences as the openSUSE provided Firefox so it behaves like Firefox when installed with MozillaFirefox-branding-upstream
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