[Mageia-discuss] Mozilla updates

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Aug 29 06:16:14 CEST 2011

On Sunday, August 28, 2011 08:27:57 PM Remco Rijnders wrote:
> For firefox, the new release claims to offer some fixes for security
> issues while the release packaged has been EOL'ed by Mozilla, meaning no
> security fixes will be made to those older versions anymore.
> With Thunderbird, they have been less clear and the version released with
> Mageia is still supported, sort of. Because of this, and for as long as
> this holds, that release will be included with Mageia 1, though newer
> versions might well appear in the backports section.
> I think this is really more of an issue with the new Mozilla policy making
> things hard for Mageia and other distributors, than a Mageia centric
> policy making things hard for Mageia users.

Mozilla policy is making choosing which version to stay with more difficult when 
its changes make third-party plug-ins either inoperable or needing maintenance 
the nature of which may not be immediately obvious to the uninformed user. 
Whether to upgrade and do without wanted plug-ins or not upgrade and keep 
wanted functionality operating is not always a clearly delineated choice set.

Just to add to the excitement, when upgrading via the Mageia Control Center, 
if one thinks one is unchecking a download to upgrade Firefox, one may find 
that Mageia Control Center wants to remove the existing Firefox installation, 
rather than merely not downloading and upgrading the latest version. This 
level of confusion on the part of Mageia Control Center was very exciting for 
the few seconds it took to recognize what was happening, before canceling the 
entire update process. If it is the case that Mageia Control Center is not 
able to tell the difference between a request to not update an installed 
package, and a request to remove that package, then Mageia Control Center has 
a major bug that needs attention sooner rather than later.

> See also https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2088

I just tried to look at this bug to see what it is all about, but even though 
I am logged into Mageia Bugzilla, it will not return the bug report 2008 to 
me. The little "wait" icon just goes around and around in the window tab.


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