[CentOS] Firefox 78 under CentOS 6 -- no sound?

Fri Oct 23 00:07:58 UTC 2020
Peter <peter at pajamian.dhs.org>

On 22/10/20 10:25 am, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> Basically that says that upstream no longer thinks that Firefox is runnable
> on RHEL-6/CentOS-6 anymore. I think there was a similar problem at the end
> of EL-5 when a 'YOU HAVE TO UPGRADE' fix from Mozilla was released and
> while a lot of work was done by Red Hat to get it to work on RHEL-5, some
> items (and I really think it was sound and plugins) did not work. At the
> tail end of a release, most 'desktop' concerns are very hard to figure out
> as 10 year old software API's are rarely kept working by the various
> 'upstreams'.
> I want to be clear that I do understand this is causing major issues for
> users. I think a lesson learned from EL-5 and EL-6 is that EL releases need
> to be clearer on the difference between desktops and servers. There seems
> to be a point where desktop utilities fixes are mainly going to be
> 'reasonable effort' versus 'guaranteed' to be 100%... usually in the last 6
> months of a release. That way users can plan better that a certain amount
> of work is going to be needed by them to continue it working.

What confuses me here is why would Red Hat rebase a package so close to 
EOL.  Now that they have they're stuck with either leaving a severly 
broken firefox or providing a fix less than 6 weeks before EOL.  I 
honestly don't know which way they'll go here but it just seems to me 
like it was a very poor decision to rebase firefox in RHEL6 so close to 
EOL to begin with.