Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 123146
Consider leaving Mozilla a 32-bit app
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:42 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.6)
Description of problem:
Browsing the web today unfortunately requires a lot of plugins, some
of which are closed source only.
Thus, it might be worthwhile to leave Mozilla a 32-bit application so
that it can use i386 plugins instead of requiring x86-64 plugins,
since a lot of these, e.g. Shockwave Flash, are not yet available for
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Try finding plugins for x86-64.
The i386 RPM of Mozilla works fine on x86-64, assuming the necessary
i386 support libraries are installed as well.
mozilla (on FC5) and firefox (on FC5 and FC6) are currently installed by default
in both the i386 and x86-64 versions. It is impossible to currently install
just the i386 version, because certain other applications depend on the
rendering engine. After xulrunner becomes stable enough to be included, it will
become possible to have the browser completely separate and only have, e.g., the
i386 version installed if a user wishes. (Of course, that will apply to firefox
instead of mozilla in the future.)