[CentOS] Firefox 46.0 fails on CentOS 6.7 due to GTK3 requirement

Wed Apr 27 15:23:23 UTC 2016
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 04/27/2016 09:23 AM, James Pearson wrote:
> Phil Wyett wrote:
>> On Wed, 2016-04-27 at 08:27 -0400, Phelps, Matthew wrote:
>>> The latest version of firefox, 46.0 requires GTK3 and so it fails on
>>> CentOS
>>> 6.7.
>>> I know there is the ESR release supplied by upstream, but that is
>>> based on
>>> version 38. We have regularly installed the Mozilla "Linux" version of
>>> Firefox in a central location for our users, and this has worked just
>>> fine
>>> until 46.0. (I note from
>>> https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/ that even
>>> that ESR
>>> release is due to stop being supported soon).
>>> I filed a bugzilla report at
>>> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1267815. If this matters to
>>> you, please consider tagging onto that bug.
>>> Yes, yes we have to upgrade to CentOS 7. But in our shop, the amount of
>>> work required to get this done is huge, and won't happen soon.
>>> The whole idea of using RHEL/CentOS is to have a stable, supported
>>> version
>>> for a long period of time. How can we do this if even a web browser
>>> won't
>>> work?
>> Hi,
>> The latest firefox ESR for RHEL/CentOS 5, 6 and 7 is 45.1. That version
>> should appear in CentOS updates when Mr Hughes has worked his magic.
>> With 46 not being an ESR and not released for RHEL/CentOS, it is not
>> really something most here would be too worried about.
> Mozilla still (currently) support GTK2 as a build option - so if want to
> run Firefox 46 (and above) on CentOS 6, then you will need to build it
> from source
> You might be able to start with the 45.1 SRPM and hack the spec file to
> build 46.0 ...

Or just use the ESR version that Red Hat releases :)

ESR is updated at intervals, and it went from 38 to 45, will go up again
in 6 or 7 releases again.

Things move on (like firefox) while enterprise distros purposely have a
slower cadence.  Fedora has GTK3 and all the other bells and whistles.
If that is the type of cadence you want, Fedora is an excellent distro.

I should have the CentOS-6 (and CentOS-5) version of Firefox 45 out in a
couple of minutes .. currently building metadata and testing them on

CentOS-7 version of Firefox 45 was released yesterday.

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