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My compiled Firefox (for x86_64) was slower than the one I downloaded (for x86) off Mozilla's site. It was somewhat distressing, but, lesson learnt: the Mozilla dev team know what they're doing better than I do =D
So if those options seem OK to you, or at least OK enough, then there would be no real need to compile a custom version of Firefox, although at the same time it couldn't hurt anything to compile against the specific libraries on your system.
Are you on 64 bit right now? If so, you might take a look at the Gentoo on AMD64 forum. The advice there is to use the 32 bit binary for Firefox rather than compiling, so that 32-bit plugins will work (I think that's the argument, anyway).
Well, if and when you do decide to look into it further, my guess would be that you're needing the x-11 devel package. As I understand it, that's what allows XFT and freetype support to be compiled in, among other things.
Well so far it works, appart from the annoying user profile thing that popps up again... Whenever i want to start more than one instance of FF, it forces me to choose another user profile.. Last time i saw that was in FF 0.9
That's controlled by the startup script for Firefox, which is the file named "firefox" (as opposed to "firefox-bin") in /usr/lib or wherever you installed the application. You might try editing that script.
But I think that this is supposed to prevent other programs from possibly messing up the profile by writing to the profile folder when it's in use - that's why it's locked and a second session cannot start up. See: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_in_use
I don't know that there is anything on my Linux system that would try to write to my profile folder, but maybe it's a security thing? It doesn't bug me, because I'd rather open a new tab in my existing window than a new window altogether. But everyone has his or her own preferences.
Anyway, glad to hear that it compiled OK. I'm jealous that it went so fast (lightening fast, from my perspective. My computer is so old and slow that I only compile things when there is absolutely no other alternative!)