Is Ubuntu going to adapt Ice Weasel?

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at
Sat Oct 7 19:51:35 BST 2006

On Sat, 2006-07-10 at 19:24 +0200, Pavel Rojtberg wrote:
> Regarding the Firefox issue, Debian already changed the name to Ice 
> Weasel, since their request to postpone it after the etch release was 
> rejected.
> But what is Ubuntu going to do for edgy? Basically the objections 
> mozilla has also apply to Ubuntu since it uses the same ff version which 
> mozilla  did not want to be in etch.
> Debian could do the switch in about one week, so it could be possible to 
> switch for edgy without deferring the release.
> But this depends on whether you want to switch at all or if a patch 
> review by mozilla would be ok for ubuntu.
> I, for one, would vote for switching but Id like to hear the official 
> position.
> Pavel

Is Debian going to produce their own "Ice Weasel" package, or they are
going to use the one provided by the GNU Project:

Personally, I think all this is silly.  Users expect Ubuntu to be an OS
that comes with many things, including a Firefox that looks like the
Firefox anyone else uses.   And personally I never cared with all the
small modifications Ubuntu do the Firefox before putting it in the
repositories.  Half the time I end up using the binary from
because I want the latest security upgrades (without waiting for days),
or I want to use a newer version than the one provided by Ubuntu (for
example, I run FF 2 on Dapper).

I think having a large delta between Ubuntu's Firefox and Mozilla's
Firefox simply create more maintenance and support headaches than
anything else . And nowadays it creates more frictions and politics than
most users care or need.

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