Firefox 3 vs. CentOS 4 Linux

By Todd Ogasawara
June 16, 2008 | Comments: 7

Firefox 3 Release Candidate installs and runs fine on CentOS 5 (a community build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5). However, this is what I found when trying to install Firefox 3 RC under CentOS 4 (RHEL4). The first problem I ran into was Firefox 3 RC complaining it could not find the Pango Cairo libraries. So, I used Yumex to install it and its dependencies. Then, I created symbolic links from /usr/evolution28/lib to /usr/lib. The next issue is a bit more of a problem though. Firefox 3 also wants GTK 2.10 or newer. However, the latest GTK available for CentOS 4 (as far as I can tell) is 2.4. Installing GTK and its dependencies from source code can be a hassle (or it was the last time I did it a few years ago). At that point I decided it was a good idea to move the last of my CentOS 4 systems to CentOS 5 :-)

But, if this is not an option for you, be prepared to either stay with 2.0.0.14 or take on the task of installing GTK 2.12.9 (the current release).


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7 Comments

But my PC is an old one, it seems not to be a good idea to upgrade to CentOS 5.Besides ,I don't know whether firefox3 will be well supported on CentOS, because only firefox1.x is well supported in centos5 before.

Wush: I installed Firefox 3 in CentOS 5 running on a Pentium 3 with 512MB RAM. The box is probably around 6 or 7 years old.

Firefox 3 is the browser in RHEL 5.2. And CentOS 5.2 is just about ready to be released.

Steven: Thanks for the info about Firefox 3 being part of RHEL 5 and the upcoming release of CentOS 5.2.

just add "/usr/evolution28/lib" to ld.so.conf.

No need to make symlinks.

However, the gtk10 issue is difficult to resolve.

Mozilla is a jerk for compiling this way, they should compile if off of enterpise linux 3 to maximize compat.

RHEL 4.7 now includes firefox v3.01. Just complete all the updates.

Linux is the fastest operating system in the world. I a href="http://forum.vatan.tc/index/Love.html">love him so much and I am using in my work.

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