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Re: firefox-esr security support for arm?

Got anything you can cross-compile one on?  I built Firefox 61 on a
Rock64 (and Rust first).  I've tried a few times to build on a
Raspberry Pi 3B without success.  And I was running 64bit Debian
Buster on one in one case.  Supposedly Firefox doesn't like 32 bit
anymore.  They also recommend 10 GB of RAM, my Rock64 has 4 GB plus
swap.  It's about 1.5 GB of source code.
I had about 20 GB swap on the Pi I think, it just wouldn't fly.

The Rust is problematic, I wish they'd wean themselves off of it.  The
demo "Hello World" program in Rust is 2 MB, and all it does is to
print Hello World at the console, not even GUI.  I could do that in
200 bytes of 8088 assembly.

On 9/8/18, Marc <ma913@sedacon.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I use Raspberry Pies running Debian Stretch (armhf 32-bit) with a
> custom Linux kernel for both my Desktop and Portable systems.  I have
> been using firefox-esr (with some modifications for speed and security)
> as a browser so far.
> Yesterday's message to debian-security-announce was a bit of a morning
> shock for me.  Namely this part:
> Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@debian.org> wrote:
>> In addition, the new Firefox packages require Rust to build. A
>> compatible Rust toolchain has been backported to Debian stretch, but is
>> not available for all architectures which previously supported the
>> purely C++-based Firefox packages. Thus, the new Firefox packages
>> don't support the armel, armhf, mips, mips64el and mipsel architectures
>> at this point.
> Apparently lacking enough caffeine, I could not find any relevant
> discussions about this so far.  I did notice that the current version
> of firefox-esr for armhf is present in sid (but I am loath to run
> sid on production systems), and that mozilla.org does not seem to
> distribute any binaries for arm.
> What's the realistic way forward from here, assuming that I would like
> a browser with security support?  Pull firefox-esr plus dependencies
> from sid (probably quite intrusive)?  Switch to chromium-browser?
> Switch to another distribution or even a BSD?  Or am I overreacting and
> should just wait a couple of days for (Rust and) Firefox to magically
> appear in stretch-backports? :)
> Regards
> Marc

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