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Re: How does Firefox 2 get added?

"Michael Wiktowy" <michael wiktowy gmail com> wrote:

Just be prepared to answer this question at least once a week until
FC7 and to defend yourself against the Iceweasle brigade. ;)
You'd better start on the wiki entry now so that you can just paste a
bookmark ...


I had an interesting response to a post of mine on Slashdot regarding Iceweasle. Based on some of the early coverage, I had assumed this was some sort of Debian elitist thing about trademarks and such. It seems the Debian folks want to be able to back port patches but were told by the Mozilla folks that they couldn't and still release it as Firefox. My post pointed out the Fedora and RHEL do that all the time. The response was that the Mozilla.org folks only want official patches coming from them and no backports to older versions. Thus, Debian came up with the Iceweasle approach.

Again, this was a response to a post on Slashdot so take it with a grain of salt. I wouldn't expect any attacks from the Iceweasle brigade but I would expect a bunch of whining ("Why doesn't Fedora have FF 2.0 yet? Gentoo already has it! Whaah, whaah, whaah.").


Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
-- Ambrose Bierce

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