Mozilla just announced that they want to go from the current 6-8 weeks
release cycle to an even faster one of 4 weeks to provide new features
more quickly to the users.
At the same time I learned during the last years that it's quite hard to
serve every type of user with our default choices:
- ESR for Leap
- regular for Tumbleweed
Within the mozilla OBS repository I always have ESR and regular in
parallel. But they are just different versions of the same package so
it's currently not even possible to install both of them at the same
time and if you would like to stick with ESR you even need to tell zypp
to ignore the more recent version.
>From the Factory thread above I learned that some people would like to
see ESR in Tumbleweed and from another bugreport or comments during the
last years I also know that other people want to have the latest and
greatest for Leap.
The mozilla repo partially addresses those different types of people but
there are quite a few who don't know about it and there are a few who
are concerned about the third-party status of the repo. (Which has no
reason because for many many years mozilla was just the dev project for
mozilla:Factory, which changed only recently with FF and TB fed from SLE).
In any case I would like to pursue the plan to have both flavours (ESR
and regular) in Tumbleweed AND Leap.
In light of workload this should not really make a difference to today
because both types are maintained anyway somewhere.
But initially it needs a bit of work since that only makes sense if both
can be installed in parallel really.
I think Mozilla did the ground work for that
So I hope the only thing which needs to be done is some renaming work
for executable names, install locations and desktop integrations which I
would start to experiment with during the next days or weeks (depending
my available time for that).
We have a practical problem to solve though:
MozillaFirefox on Tumbleweed is regular
MozillaFirefox on Leap is ESR
I used to provide a package called firefox-esr up to Firefox52 so that
would be a natural choice for the packagename in Tumbleweed.
But I'm wondering how we should solve the other way round for the Leap
Also I would like to hear any comments about the plan before eventually
moving the discussion to a broader audience or the release managers for
the respective distributions.
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