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Old 08-21-2003, 12:47 PM   #1
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Mozilla Firebird: binary install or source install?


Hello,

I've been using the binary install package for Mozilla Firebird on my PCs. The one that you just download and unpack to a folder and it's just installed. The only thing is that it seems to drag when loading up in my laptop. I was wonderig if by downloading the source tar ball and doing the normal './configure && make && make install' process, will it optimize it for my laptop's config? Or will it make it load faster on my laptop?

Thanks,
Hector
 
Old 08-21-2003, 02:05 PM   #2
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i thought that there would be source for firebird, but i was unable to find it. i only saw gzips for various OSes and took the linux one. as far as i can tell, there's no making, it's just a gzipped bunch of files. that said, i don't think there's any optimizing w/ a compile. it's so gd fast that it hardly needs it. the only notable point is that i had to manually link to the executable (in its ungzipped directory) to get to work nice.

if there's source, let me know where!
 
Old 08-21-2003, 02:56 PM   #3
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As I understood correctly, mozilla source is also firebird source.

It is just matter of compilation oprions which one to compile
 
Old 08-21-2003, 04:07 PM   #4
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Mozilla Firebird source:

http://ftp36.newaol.com/pub/firebird/releases/0.6.1/

Mozilla Firebird is fast when I start it up in Windows at work, or in Slackware on my desktop at home. It's just my laptop that seems to drag a bit when opening Firebird. That's why I wanted to know if maybe there's something I could do about it. That's when I thought that maybe I could just install from source.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 07:16 AM   #5
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I recently compiled Mozilla 1.4 for my Slack 9 box because that's the only way I could get enigmail to work with Mozilla mail. Seems the precompiled plugins don't like to play with others unless they were compiled with the same gcc and libs. It's a pretty involved process, but you'll feel a great deal of pride when you've finished (I know I do, that's why I'm bragging right now).

As for better performance, it will almost certainly run faster, but the difference isn't likely to be noticeable.

Enjoy!
--- Cerbere
 
Old 08-22-2003, 07:32 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by Cerbere
I recently compiled Mozilla 1.4 for my Slack 9 box because that's the only way I could get enigmail to work with Mozilla mail. Seems the precompiled plugins don't like to play with others unless they were compiled with the same gcc and libs. It's a pretty involved process, but you'll feel a great deal of pride when you've finished (I know I do, that's why I'm bragging right now).

Heh, Even better if you are usin CVS version of Mozilla...then you can brag as much as you like...

Mozilla 1.5b
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030805
 
Old 08-22-2003, 10:16 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.

Well, I kinda got disappointed when I was extracting the tar ball and a zillion files just kept on scrolling, on and on and on. Heh, I would love to do it, but the binary tar ball is working just fine sans opening speed.

The source tar ball has a LOT of files in it. I guess from there I could build several versions of Mozilla.

I feel like going back to Phoenix. For some reason Phoenix seemed faster at opening time than Firebird. I know it's just a name change. The Phoenix builds were a tad faster than this Firebird build.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 10:51 AM   #8
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I am a Firebird lover under all OSes.
To find out about the latest linux builds, and a lot of them are optimised for various architectures, keep an eye on the following forum:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=23

In the meantime, you can download a tar file of the latest build with XFT and GTK2 from here:
http://pryan.org/firebird/

They even host other linux distros' packages.

As for compiling firebird yourself, it is fairly easy. You just need to pull the Mozilla CVS folder and compile it with some specific options. i believe the full instructions are available on the forum too somewhere and did it a couple of times in the past.

Hope it helps...
 
Old 08-22-2003, 12:46 PM   #9
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Put this in your .mozconfig if you want firebird...

export MOZ_PHOENIX=1
mk_add_options MOZ_PHOENIX=1
ac_add_options --disable-mailnews
ac_add_options --disable-composer
 
  


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