Suggestion: separate gecko package?

Martin Sourada martin.sourada at
Mon May 21 16:00:10 UTC 2007

Hi guys,

I just though a little about how effective (or rather the opposite) my Fedora 
installation is regarding web software. I mean, I use, for various reasons, 
epiphany which needs gecko to run, liferea feed reader which uses gecko 
(optionally?), listen which uses gecko via python bindings, etc. and firefox - 
which I do not use  - to provide the gecko libraries. And what more? I have TWO 
geckos in my machine! Thunderbird has its own one.

I don't want to complain much more about it, but I just thought it would be more 
effective if gecko, as is usual with linux libraries, would be distributed 
separately from firefox/thunderbird/seamonkey and maybe even those patched to 
use shared gecko instead of their own. While it would make development of 
mozilla web software harder, I think it would have great benefit for development 
of many other packages which depends on gecko-libs and in turn need to be 
rebuilt every time firefox is updated. Also I think it would make sense if we'd 
cooperate with mozilla in this case as much as possible.

What do you think? Is it reasonable? Is it even possible? Does it make sense to 
you? I just would like to bring a discussion about this and maybe offer some 
help with it afterwards (in case we would chose to make it separate).


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