XULRunner 1.9 / Firefox 3.0b3

Over the last days I was working on preparing and polishing a XULRunner 1.9 package for openSUSE. It’s now available in the mozilla:beta buildservice repository. Some news of interest for developers using Mozilla technologies can be found here.

(Just a sidenote on what I’ve read yesterday: “Not only will Firefox 3 be the first release of the popular browser to use XulRunner as its back end, but upcoming releases of GNOME-based distros such as Fedora and Ubuntu are expected to install XulRunner by default as well”. I can only say that openSUSE is shipping, installing and actually using XULRunner since version 10.1)

Just a few minutes ago I also finished the first step in redesigning the Firefox 3.0b3 package I’ve been providing in the same repository. You’ll find that it is much smaller (the base package is < 1MB) as it's based on the XULRunner infrastructure now. That is quite a massive change and I don't know yet if it works well. Nevertheless I decided to publish that package so that people subscribed to the repo will get it when they update their packages. We need broad testing of that package since it is planned to ship that way in openSUSE 11.0. So everyone please report bugs you encounter when switching to that (preferably in Bugzilla).