Firefox 2 port now Iyonix and A9home friendlyPublished: 26th Dec 2006, 07:03:36 | Permalink | Printable
And welcome back to cute iconbar iconA new version of the RISC OS Firefox 2 port was released online today - and it runs on Iyonix, A9home and Omega computers. The new build features an iconbar icon and RISC OS-style menus, and improved handling of multiple windows.
The application is also the first in the wild to be built with RISC OS GCC 4.1, according to developer Peter Naulls. The Firefox executable is a 20M ELF binary, and requires John-Mark Bell's ELFLoader module to run it. The mammoth web browser also uses the version 188.8.131.52 sources from the mainstream version of Firefox, and no longer requires !Unixhome.
The browser port is said to be faster than the earlier FF 1.5 port, although it has issues with some RISC OS menus, scrollbars, security certificates, Unicode, and plugins.
Peter said: "Because most of the effort of this version was focussed upon correct operation under the new compiler [GCC 4.1], many of the existing issues still remain. Read the !Help before running, or there will be tears."
Peter had promised a Christmas day release, and managed to upload the new build around 6pm on December 25 - Californian time (GMT-8). A previous release of the Firefox 2 port was Iyonix-only because it used instructions specific to ARMv5-compatible processors - which ruled out RiscPCs, A9homes and other computers. This restriction has been lifted, and the new port is said to work on Iyonix, A9home and Omega computers, and possibly with VirtualRiscPC. Tests showed the ARMv5 instructions only saved thousandths of a second, when processing web pages.
A9home users and other people having problems when the Firefox 2 port starts up for the first time should try copying their old Mozilla Firefox 1 profile from !Unixhome to Firefox 2's Choices directory. Copy the contents of
Choices:Mozilla.Firefox. !Unixhome can usually be found inside
!Boot.Resources, Choices: can be found by running
Filer_OpenDir <Choices$Write> from a command line. Drobe reader Doug Webb was first to reveal this solution.
RISC OS Firefox port webpage - you must read the !Help as the installation instructions have changed
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