Firefox for AIX 4.3.3
For a preview look here.
There is no reason to use this release of Firefox today. Use latest Firefox 2.0 instead.
1.0.8 for AIX 4.3.3 just for the completeness this historic release is kept available.
Compiled for the common CPU model which works on all RS/6000 and pSeries.
For CDE integration there is a CDE Type and Action with an icon.
If you have 256MB or more RAM you also may be happy with the Seamonkey Suite.
AIX 4.3.3 ML 11 with X11 installed and C++ runtime libs xlC.aix43.rte 188.8.131.52 or later
From AIX Toolbox install or update to:
mandatory runtime rpms: glib-1.2.10
For running on AIX 6.1 you'll need X11.compat.lib.X11R6 and this little patch appending the location of the X11R6 shared lib into the wrapper script "run-mozilla.sh".
Install or update the rpm.rte installp image, then install or update the rpm's from AIX Toolbox.
I start with libjpeg, libpng then glib and finally gtk+.
Then you are ready to untar Firefox. I prefer it under /opt.
I recommend creating a separate filesystem for /opt and create a symbolic
link "ln -s /opt/freeware freeware" in the directory /usr/opt pointing
If you install some more from AIX Toolbox /opt can be enlarged.
For the first time Firefox (like Mozilla, too) likes to be started once
Subsequent startups of Firefox will be faster.
If using Java appletts you soon want more horsepower. You may find less sufficant. But don't expect it will work with less than 128MB RAM. Netscape 4.8 has a snappier GUI (Motif!) but rendering is much slower. The memory footprint is comparable.
The slowest machine I have tested is my 7011-250 with 80MHz PowerPC601, 256MB RAM and GXT150 graphics. A 7012-370 works quite well with 128MB RAM or more.
It's much(!!!) faster than a GTK2 build for AIX 5.1
Nov, 12 2008
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