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bww bitwise works GmbH progress update March 10, 2015

This is the fourth beta release of Firefox for eCS (OS/2) version 24. It contains some UI fixes (makes the "Clear Recent History" dialog and most recent sites thumbnails on the new tab canvas work again) and makes XUL.DLL finally loadable into high memory. Also this release uses the new GCC runtime (version 4.9.2) which significantly reduces the size of executables and DLLs and the memory footprint of the running application (by about 5-6 megabytes).

The CHANGES.OS2 file contains more detailed list of changes.

The README.OS2 file contains software requirements and detailed installation instructions.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE

Unfortunately, the README file lacks references to a number of libraries required for manual installation. Here are the missing links. Take the specified DLLs from the corresponding RPM archives and place them into one of the directories on your LIBPATH (this is not needed in a RPM/YUM installation): There was also an error in an yum command: yum install libstdc++ is wrong and needs to be replaced by: yum install libstdc++6.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • If you find a bug (which is likely), please create an issue at the issues page. But before you create a new issue, be sure it is not already reported by searching through the existing ones using the Search field at the top of this page.
  • When Firefox crashes it creates a trap report that may contain useful information for the developers. These reports are saved in .TRP files created in the directory where firefox.exe is installed. By default these reports contain only basic information. In order to make them even more useful (and therefore make a fix for your problem much more likely) please do the following:
    • Install the latest EXCEPTQ runtime from http://home.earthlink.net/~steve53/betas/ (currently, this one is the latest).
    • Install the Firefox symbol files by downloading the .symbols.zip archive from the link below and unzipping it to the same directory where you installed Firefox.
    • Make Firefox crash again and attach the resulting .TRP file to the issue describing your problem.

The Firefox for eCS (OS/2) beta 4 wiki contains the download link and some more information.

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