Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorialPublished: 20th Mar 2007, 01:42:47 | Permalink | Printable
For those of you not reading the Iyonix mailing listPeter Naulls told Paul Vigay to remove his unofficial Firefox 2 install tutorial or take over support or development of the software, it was revealed. Paul uploaded a 'quick fix' guide to getting Firefox 2 working on RISC OS after users reported problems installing and running Peter's mammoth browser port. Peter has now said he is taking a break from RISC OS after Paul decided against pulling his online tutorial.
After Paul first disclosed that he had been told to take down his web page, Peter told him: "What I actually asked is for you to remove the page, for all the reasons I already stated, unless you are willing to take over support or development."
The full thread can be read here under 'Problem installing Firefox-2-r2'. Peter also told punters on the riscos.info mailing list he will now "be taking a break from RISC OS development."
He said: "I'll reassess the situation sometime in the future, and decide if people really are interested in even admitting that RISC OS has serious problems, and if so, how to go about tackling those.
"In the meantime, since Paul Vigay has been so insistent about providing support for Firefox, I suggest you contact him if you have any queries."
Paul said, contrary to belief, he has not offered to take over support of Firefox 2, adding: "I only wrote my introductory article in response to a number of people not being able to get it running."
One commercial software developer summed up the argument privately: "After a long and increasingly emotional argument on the Iyonix mailing list, Peter Naulls has decided to take a break from RISC OS programming.
"The entire argument started because Peter considered Paul Vigay's help page on installing Firefox to be unhelpful, preferring users to await a 'proper' fix rather than use Paul's workaround. The same argument was also on Drobe a few days ago."
Update at 22:16 20/03/2007
Apologies for forgetting to link to the Firefox wiki page on riscos.info, which has installation troubleshooting information.
Firefox 2 RISC OS port website
Paul Vigay's guide to installing and using FF2
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