New installation system for Firefox 2

Robert Strong and Benjamin Smedberg are working on a new installation system for Firefox 2 which will be significantly less complex and easier to maintain than the current XPInstall-based system. This install system will produce both a full installer and a stub installer. Both the full and stub installers will be QAed and treated as "official" builds. The proposal is to make the stub installer the default download available from The stub installer has the added advantage that it can ship a single stub installer for all languages and select the correct locale files to download at runtime. Of course the full installer would still be available, and especially useful for system administrators and others who want to make an installer available locally.

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February 21, 2006 09:22 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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Please do not forget to include the fully official Mozilla Firefox MSI on this one. Thank you.

Comment by ADAXL at February 21, 2006 09:50 PM | Permalink

I read most of the complaints about the stub at One solution that might make everyone happy is for the stub to be simply a HTML page that points to and asks the user operating system, language, etc. and then downloads the apppropriate file.

Comment by Kevin C at February 22, 2006 01:42 AM | Permalink

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