Since this blog is now syndicated on Planet Mozilla, a little background for its readers: Iceweasel is the name under which Firefox is distributed in Debian. This is an unfortunate detail due to copyright issues with the Firefox logos that have been solved recently. Work is under progress to get Firefox back in Debian (I do have good hope this will be possible).
Anyways, I’ve started to work on getting Iceweasel in shape for the 4.0 release in a few months. The packaging being in a good enough shape, I am hereby making available some preliminary packages (meaning there is still some more work needed for proper packaging) for the first beta release.
The packages are available in a separate repository, which you need to add to your
deb http://mozilla.debian.net/packages/ ./
Only x86 and x86-64 (amd64) packages are available for now. As far as I tested it, it works as well as the official Firefox 4.0beta1 binaries, though some xpcshell tests failed, and I haven’t got reftests working yet.
If you still wish to use a current version of iceweasel (i.e. non-beta), but want to try this beta, here is the nice trick: Instead of installing iceweasel from the above mentioned repository,
- Install xulrunner-2.0,
- Download the iceweasel package (don’t install),
- Run the following command:
dpkg-deb -x iceweasel_4.0b1-0_*.deb /some/directory,
- Create a necessary symbolic link:
ln -s /usr/lib/xulrunner-2.0 /some/directory/usr/lib.
Now you can start the Iceweasel beta with
/some/directory/usr/bin/iceweasel. This trick should work with older versions of iceweasel, too.