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[FX] PowerBook: 2005-07-16 [Trunk/OS X] (G4, O3, Altivec)

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krmathis

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Post Posted November 1st, 2004, 2:05 am

@wilton, great that you enjoy my builds. :)
Yes, if you get crashes and report them using talkback it will help the firefox developers to remove bugs.

I build Firefox using the same code as the "normal" build. The only difference is that I build it from CVS with optimization for G4.

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Post Posted November 1st, 2004, 7:35 am

Still not listed as a Mac build.

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Post Posted November 1st, 2004, 9:39 am

sasquatch wrote:Still not listed as a Mac build.

I'll send a PM to baafie, asking him to add it to the list! ;)

11/01 ready...

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Post Posted November 1st, 2004, 3:55 pm

Looks faster on my Powerbook 12" 1.33GHz
Only thing I don't like is that your build changed my dock icon back to that old blue globe :(
Anyway, very nice job.

Thanks.

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Post Posted November 1st, 2004, 10:37 pm

@Peo. The blue globe icon are the standard icon for unofficial builds.
We are not allowed to use the official icon, but you could easily switch the icon yourself.

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 9:16 am

I have a PB G4 1.5Gz, which seems to be in the targeted class for this build. What is done to this build to make it better for G4 Macs, and what are the specific performance changes people have found? Is it relatively stable? Does it affect any system setting outside of Firefox itself? And, how will this build be coordinated with the final 1.0 release? Will Firefox incorporate this build at all?
Many thanx

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 9:42 am

@macdufus.
I compile from CVS, the only changes from the "official" nightly builds are my compiler flags and the different icon/graphics.
To make it run faster on G4 I specify compile flags for PPC7450 to GCC when building (See first post for details). This should make it run faster on the targeted system, but maybe slower or not at all on other system.
Regarding stability: I have been running my own builds for ~10 days now and had no stability problems. But its still in beta stage, so errors might happend. ;)

Coordinated with final 1.0? I dont understand...
I build whatever Mozilla come up with, I dont write a single line of code to the project!
Mozilla build generic builds (working on all supported platforms), while I build for PPC7450 specific.

New build compiling now... :D

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 10:22 am

Thanx for the additional info powerbook! Sounds interestng - I will give the build a try. System profiler doesn't reveal the exact model of G4 Processor I run, but I assume if a have a Powerbook G4 1.5 Gz, I have the right system for your build?

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 11:34 am

11/02

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 7:25 pm

PB,

Thanks for this. One thing, your server for the last couple days has been serving up the d/l as a text file, making Right-click/Save Link As necessary.
There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark.

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 10:39 pm

@jcraig.
I've noticed that since I switched from bzip2 to gzip compression.
Dont know if its a server or browser issue, but at least you guys are able to download. ;)

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Post Posted November 2nd, 2004, 11:08 pm

Well, there's no 11/2 Mac OSX official build yet, I'll give yours a try on the G3/900. I'll be back either with your Firefox, or else using Safari if FF blows up on my antique G3.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2004, 12:12 am

Ok, the one bit of good news for this evening for me.

I'm running on the 900 mhz G3, and using your G4 build successfully:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041102 Firefox/1.0RC2 (PowerBook)
OSX 10.3.5, 1024mb RAM

Aside from Talkback just disappearing -- its icon is still in the Dock but the Finder can't see it any more -- and the icon changing for FF from the fox to the globe as I guess is normal for unofficial builds -- it seems to run OK. Certainly no slower than the 11/1 official nightly for OSX, on first impression.

After rebooting -- yep, no sign of Talkback any more. Everything else seems to work.

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2004, 11:35 am

11/03

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Post Posted November 3rd, 2004, 5:08 pm

excellent :P
did you use a special method to build them for a G4 (i mean different from some build under linux) ?

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