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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Repository for debian

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Repository for debian
Date: Wed, 8 May 2019 06:03:56 -0400

On Tue, 7 May 2019 20:55:00 -0400 zach wrote:
> I don’t think there has ever been an official Debian package
> of GNU IceCat, but I may be wrong. I do know that Debian uses
> the IceWeasel project as their main web browser, but I’m not
> sure where exactly that comes from.

there has not ever been an official debian package of 'icecat' -
there has been an open packaging request for some years; but no
one has picked it up yet


as for debian iceweasel, that was only ever a re-branding of the
stock firefox release, when debian concluded that the mozilla
trademark policy precluded LTS back-porting (presumably
this was before firefox had the LTS (ESR) release) - a few years
ago, debain and mozilla came to the agreement that debian could
use the firefox branding and they simply stopped re-branding it
- the debian firefox package is now named 'firefox-esr'

in order for there to be an official debian package of 'icecat',
someone would firstly need to volunteer to maintain the package;
but it could be rejected as a duplicate, because it is the same
browser as the debian 'firefox-esr', only with a different
default configuration, and some features omitted (most notably
DRM support)

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