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Kirk781
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Latest version of Firefox

Postby Kirk781 » 2017/11/21 15:47:57

Currently, the repos contain the latest ESR release of Firefox. Is there any way to get the latest version of Firefox[currently at 57.0]. Debian also follows the same route however the experimental repo there contains the latest version of FF. The same isn't true for Cent OS[wouldn't it be better to have it atleast in the Software Collections ( SCL ) Repository?].

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Re: Latest version of Firefox

Postby TrevorH » 2017/11/21 17:12:58

Redhat take care of building Firefox as it's a complicated package that often needs adjustment made to the build to allow it to operate with the sometimes older packages that are in the rest of the distro. The mozilla devs tend to be using the latest and greatest of everything so often there are things that need a bigger hammer to make them work with the older packages in RHEL.

The next ESR is due in the first half of 2018 and I wouldn't expect anything to appear before then.
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Re: Latest version of Firefox

Postby bonedome » 2017/11/22 17:22:25

Hello
Mozilla provide a binary package https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/all/ you'll have to run it from the command line or create a manual menu entry.
I might give it a try myself, see if it lives up to the (mozilla's) hype.
I must say the multiprocess system they now use is fantastic for using very little cpu :D ,
Edit: ok just tried it and yes it seems rapid, only thing being some of my most favoritest addons are not compatible (yet) so I'm happy to stick with the ESR version provided by CentOS for the time being.

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Re: Latest version of Firefox

Postby Lazlow » 2017/12/04 20:25:05

How was the speed on Centos? I usually have 2-4 windows (sites) open at a time and from version 37 to 52 it has steadily gotten slower(Xeon quad core). My media box runs Ubuntu and the speed jump on it was easily 2x(Celeron J series?). Usually I do not mind Centos being behind the curve but this time it is an issue for me. Tried Chrome, not a favourite. Opera tends to not like a couple of sites (especially my bank).

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Re: Latest version of Firefox

Postby desertcat » 2017/12/06 02:12:44

Kirk781 wrote:Currently, the repos contain the latest ESR release of Firefox. Is there any way to get the latest version of Firefox[currently at 57.0]. Debian also follows the same route however the experimental repo there contains the latest version of FF. The same isn't true for Cent OS[wouldn't it be better to have it atleast in the Software Collections ( SCL ) Repository?].


The current ver. of FF for CentOS is 52.5.0. No it is NOT the latest and greatest but it works without problems that I have experienced. On a backup server I'm still running I have Fedora 8 (!!!) and I have FF 12.0 (!!!) ... and before anyone asks, it still works. It you REALLY have to have the latest and greatest version you could download the firefox-57.0.1.tar.bz2 tarball from Mozilla and untar it. Can't say if it might break something. I try to install stuff via yum, and if, and only IF, I can find it in yum but is available as a tar file -- ex. rkhunter-, VMware-Player-, etc., etc., etc. -- then I resort to installing it via tar. Part of the reason I jumped from Fedora to CentOS was I hated living on the "Bleeding Edge" where I did a whole lot of "bleeding". CentOS might be somewhat behind the curve, but it is STABLE and it WORKS. FF 52.5.0 is more than good enough.