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SDB:Mozilla -- General Information

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Version: 8.0

General Information about the SuSE RPM Packages

SuSEconfig

Following the installation of the individual components, Mozilla needs to perform an internal registration to function. However, this requires files in the directory /opt/mozilla to be written or modified. As this can only be done by root and you should never use Mozilla as root, execute SuSEconfig after the installation of Mozilla packages before using the program for the first time. If you performed the installation with YaST, SuSEconfig was executed automatically. In the case of a manual installation, execute the following command:
SuSEconfig --module mozilla

During the execution of SuSEconfig, the plug-ins found in the system for Flash, Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Java2 will be integrated.

Updates

Mozilla updates by SuSE are available on our FTP server at
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/mozilla/
as well as on our mirrors.

Note: If you are using GNOME and Galeon or other software that makes use of the Mozilla libraries (kdebindings-mozilla, skipstone, galeon, evolution, etc.), refer to the section "GNOME".

Before installing the new RPMs, uninstall the old Mozilla packages with the command rpm -e PACKAGENAME and delete the directory /opt/mozilla. Otherwise, some files generated during runtime might be maintained and affect a newer version of Mozilla. Then install the new packages with rpm -i.

Java (SuSE Linux 8.1)

Starting from SuSE Linux 8.1, gcc-3.x is used to compile Mozilla, making Java support impossible. Since Java 2 by IBM and SUN is still compiled with gcc-2.x, these Java versions are incompatible with the Mozilla interface. Other plug-ins available only in binary form should work by means of a patch.

As an interim workaround, you could use Mozilla packages made available for SuSE Linux 8.0. However, you might encounter some problems and we cannot guarantee a smooth operation.

A Blackdown Java compiled with gcc 3.2 has recently been released and successfully tested with SuSE Mozilla. It can be downloaded from http://www.blackdown.org.

Antialiasing Fonts

If you do not want Mozilla to use AA fonts (smoothed fonts), change the following line in /opt/mozilla/defaults/pref/unix.js as root: from

pref("font.FreeType2.enable", true);

to

pref("font.FreeType2.enable", false);

GNOME and Mozilla Updates

Rigid dependencies may exist in connection with Mozilla and certain applications. This mainly affects the following selections:

  • Galeon
  • Skipstone
  • Nautilus (not all versions)
  • Evolution

Dependency errors encountered during the installation of Mozilla updates indicate that installed software requires a specific version of Mozilla. In this case, you have the following possibilities:

  • If you do not use the programs indicated in the error message, uninstall these or install Mozilla with the RPM option --nodeps.
  • If you want to use a program such as Galeon, most likely you will not be able to update Mozilla. (There are some exceptions, such as the Mozilla series 1.0.x. These should be compatible to the extent that updates can be performed in spite of the error messages issued by RPM.) If this is the case, refer to our "GNOMES" service (http://www.suse.de/en/private/download/gnomes/index.html). In addition to Mozilla, these updates contain suitable versions of all dependent packages. However, not all Mozilla updates are made available here.

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