[Bug 730] Calling URL with Firefox 4 / Chrome

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Thu Jun 9 02:18:27 PDT 2011


--- Comment #7 from Michaela Merz <mm at michaelamerz.com>  2011-06-09 09:18:27 ---
(In reply to comment #6)
> The IcedTea wiki page will point you to our releases:
> http://icedtea.classpath.org/wiki/Main_Page
> Both the 1.9 and 1.10 series are newer than the 1.8 series release you are
> using.  I also believe that F14 ships with the 1.9 series.
> Your comment about not updating is odd, given you are using an IcedTea release
> which is over a year old (the 1.8 series started on 2010-04-13) with Firefox 4
> (released 2011-03-22) in the original bug report.
> Regardless, the separation of IcedTea-Web (plugin & webstart work) from IcedTea
> is a positive in terms of using older releases, as you don't need to replace
> your older IcedTea release.  You can just grab the latest IcedTea-Web release
> (http://icedtea.classpath.org/download/source/icedtea-web-1.0.2.tar.gz) and use
> it to replace the plugin and webstart from IcedTea6 1.8 without changing
> anything else.  Was the plugin & webstart still part of IcedTea, you would have
> to upgrade the whole JDK to get the same changes.


Thanks for your comments. We are R&D specialists working for a variety of
clients. We are constantly trying to convince them to use Linux/OpenJDK and are
helping with the transition.

I understand that icedtea has to move on at some point. However - I also
believe that it is imperative to fix bugs and security problems in old(er)
versions of icedtea as long as a significant group of users rely on it and/or
has no way of upgrading.

In other words: I agree with you that icedtea 1.8 is old and people should move
on. Though FC13 has not (yet) reached EOL, there's still no upgrade available
for icedtea. 

I can't make my clients re-compile a new version and they are for sure not
willing to pay us. Additionally, it breaks their updating and security guides.
The ask me: How come we can get a new Firefox, Chrome browser, even Flash
plugins but not the latest JAVA (=icedtea) modules? What about security fixes?

So - once again. I hear what you are saying. And I appreciate all your work.
But icedtea should support all Fedora versions until EOL has been reached.


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