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Re: firefox-37, where to put


On Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:06:05 -0400
Gene Heskett <gheskett@wdtv.com> wrote:

> This is nucking futs:

No, that shows that Mozilla Foundation cares about people. Would you
prefer Google's approach - latest Chrome requires kernel 3.19? 

> gene@coyote:~/bin/firefox-37/firefox$ file firefox
> firefox: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically 
> linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.18, 
> BuildID[sha1]=0xd9c52e07232a78690be6d991546a12bb3668601d, stripped
> For GNU Linux-2.6.18? And I'm running 3.2.0-4amd64? 

That's minimal kernel version that guaranteed to work. And by running
Debian-provided kernel you're saving yourself a whole lot of trouble :)

> Itself what, 2 years 
> old? What the hell are the chances for that being compatible when its 
> well north of 6 years old?  My CNC machinery is running Ubuntu-10.04-4 
> LTS with kernel 2.6.32-122-rtai, 5 years old this month.

Good ones. Firefox does not depend on kernel internals, and the motto
of Linux kernel project is 'you do not break userspace'. It's recorded
that people were able to run a 'rogue' executable compiled circa `92 on
modern Linux kernels.

It's the userspace (i.e. libraries) you should worry about, not kernel.

So, don't look at 'file' output that much, run 'ldd'.


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