Why is there no Firefox in Debian?

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Why is there no Firefox in Debian?

Postby Lavene » 2008-10-29 07:42

Firefox is re-branded Iceweasel in Debian. It's identical in all but the name and artwork. To install:
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# aptitude install iceweasel

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Postby BioTube » 2008-10-30 00:44

You should post this in every forum. God knows they've all had this question(I'm sure you could even find it in the programming one).
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Postby Zero » 2008-10-31 14:39

Surely only lazy people have not managed to search, and comprehend the difference here? It doesn't take much effort at all.
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Postby Caligo Spiritus » 2008-11-08 14:13

It's identical in all but the name and artwork.

That's not true - iceweasel has some security tweaks in it's source code, this fact made Debian team to rebrand to iceweasel and change artwork because of incompatibility with mozilla license.
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Postby BioTube » 2008-11-08 14:25

Caligo Spiritus wrote:
It's identical in all but the name and artwork.

That's not true - iceweasel has some security tweaks in it's source code, this fact made Debian team to rebrand to iceweasel and change artwork because of incompatibility with mozilla license.
The minor patches had nothing to do with the rebranding - the fact that the artwork violated DFSG meant that it couldn't be used and Mozilla refuses to allow use of the name without use of the artwork.
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Postby jbdebian » 2009-01-09 10:07

New Etch install has firefox, /usr/bin/firefox. But as was pointed out, it is iceweasel but program name is "firefox".
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Postby Lavene » 2009-01-09 18:09

jbdebian wrote:New Etch install has firefox, /usr/bin/firefox. But as was pointed out, it is iceweasel but program name is "firefox".

It's actually just a link pointing to iceweasel:
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/usr/bin$ ls -l firefox
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 26 19 nov. 08:53 firefox -> ../lib/iceweasel/iceweasel
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Postby trey » 2009-01-20 18:16

It's too bad firefox wasn't just placed in non-free. Epiphany works perfectly.
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Postby craigevil » 2009-01-20 18:46

trey wrote:It's too bad firefox wasn't just placed in non-free. Epiphany works perfectly.
And so does Iceweasel :)
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Postby BioTube » 2009-01-21 01:13

The executable name is 'firefox-bin'.
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Postby roseway » 2009-01-21 07:24

BioTube wrote:The executable name is 'firefox-bin'.

That's the binary executable, but you don't run it directly. You run the 'firefox' script, which sets up the environment before calling the executable.
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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2009-01-24 17:12

Well. I understand why debian doesn't use firefox anymore. :D

out of topic; in hotmail service my iceweasel wasn't work. so I made change like that. iceweasel/3.05 doesn't work but firefox/3.05 works.

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Postby 987687 » 2009-02-08 03:05

I use Shiretoko/3.1b3pre. I have always used the beta version of firefox because it is generally faster than stable. I just put it in /opt and update /usr/bin/firefox to link to the binary in /opt/firefox. And then I made /usr/bin/iceweasel a link to /usr/bin/firefox. And I also un-installed iceweasel, otherwise every time it updated it messed up my links in /usr/bin.
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Postby hazard » 2009-02-17 00:56

I like mostly Opera :P
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Postby Soul Singin' » 2009-03-03 09:15

Space occupied so that I can taunt non-Debian users on the top of the next page.
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