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Old 07-27-2005, 05:01 AM   #1
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Firefox Win & Linux w/bookmarks on usb drive


Hello everybody,

This is the first post I've made where I don't have a problem that needs urgent attention! Yay!

My friend's father lent me a USB pen drive (1GB) to mess around with (actually, to store the data we share regularly), and I thought of an interesting setups that I would want:

1) Firefox Windows version and Firefox Linux version with single bookmarks.html file...

I'd like very much to be able to run Firefox from my pen drive on both linux and windows, and would like to have the same bookmarks file shared by each version, so I can easily move between computers for browsing...

Now, I just formatted the drive 500MB - FAT32, 540 MB - reiserfs... And I could install a windows version on the FAT32 portion, a linux version on the other... But I don't think that's the way to go... If I were to just format the entire thing FAT32, would I be able to run both the linux and windows versions on that filesystem? What problems would I be getting myself into doing this? How well does linux support FAT32? I'd really like to run on reiser when I can, but I can't think of an easy way to share that bookmarks file.

In addition to that, am I going to have an issue with viruses with the pen drive? It's been over a year since I've seriously used a Windows PC...

And, once more, on top of that... Do I need additional firefox (win) and firefox (linux)'s for the 64 bit architecture, or will the 64 bit processors allow me to run the 32 bit versions?

Okay... and lastly for the firefox thing, have you ever heard of a way to do the shared bookmarks file that I can read, or am I going to have to start hacking code?

2) Apache web server (same thing)

Now... is it possible to put a server on there that acts the same way? What about sticking PHP and mySQL support in with it? Heh... If this one hasn't been done yet, I don't know if I want to start hacking away with it, I've got a job

Thanks for the input everybody,

-James
 
Old 07-27-2005, 05:20 AM   #2
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Linux supports FAT32 perfectly. You can run programs that are stored on FAT32 but for the shared bookmarks, the bookmarks.html is stored in the user's home directory on both Windows and Linux, so you would need to keep them in sync somehow.
Same for the Apache, PHP and MySQL. They will run but the config files aren't stored in the right place so you would need to do a bit of minor hacking (not very hard for either Firefox or Apache).
 
Old 07-27-2005, 05:33 AM   #3
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Very cool. Thanks Orkie. I'll take a look at changing the option for that bookmarks.html file, and post the hack if I can get it to work...

-James
 
Old 07-27-2005, 05:52 AM   #4
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I have managed to find a hidden about:config option that will make the Firefox problem easier to do, but I still think that you would need to hack Apache, PHP and MySQL.

http://www.ces.clemson.edu/linux/fir...nderbird.shtml
 
Old 07-27-2005, 07:39 AM   #5
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[Evil Grin] That will do wonderfully!

Really appreciate it Orkie...

Can't work on it just yet though... Decided (as I do every month) that I want full 3d support on my Radeon IGP... So I'm trying to hack Mesa source code to get dri compiling right... I'll probably give up tomorrow and get started on this project... Always so much to do... So much to do...

-James
 
Old 07-27-2005, 07:42 AM   #6
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This may address your Winderz needs....

http://portablefirefox.mozdev.org/
 
Old 07-27-2005, 08:33 AM   #7
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Hmm... That might be useful to mess with if I can't get anything else working... Thanks dbogdan.

btw: My hacked mesa code is compiling great... so far =)
 
  


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