New Firebird, Mozilla and More


We have a number of great updates today! First off, foetz has uploaded the latest Mozilla web browsers to the library - Mozilla 1.6a and Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1. Word is these are both well optimized, so be sure to check them out!

semi-fly has contributed a couple new tardists this time around as well:

"With the stability problems people have been having with multi-aterm I decided to compile a tardist of DZT 1.1.1. It is gnome based, but it's pretty lightweight and easy on the prereqs.

Also, another SDL-based game, this one from New Breed Software - Vectoroids 1.1.0. It's a nice asteroids clone with music and sound effects.



Mozilla 1.6a (archive) - 20MB
Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 (archive) - 20MB
DZT 1.1.1 (tardist) - 1.4MB
Vectroids 1.1 (tardist) - 727KB


DZT is very nice -- but I hoping that mlti-aterm can gets its bugs squashed.

Vectorids :)

I have been having Mozilla stability issues for some time now. The 1.0.2 fron sgi apps is stable but 1.3 (freeware) on up are not -- I'm eager to give this a try.

Firebird 0.7.1 is unstable for me; 6.5.18m Octane.
.7 is much more stable...

foetz just uploaded a new version of Firebird 0.7.1 which contains some improvements; try downloading it again and see if that helps.

Yes, I'd really like to see multi-aterm mature as well. I'll keep an eye out for updates / patches etc. =)

Ahaaa, that's so much better! Firebird 0.7.1 rocks! I've installed CompactMenu and totally re-org'ed it's UI with narry a crash! And it's noticably faster than prior Firebirds.

Would the builder (foetz) please contact me with your configure args so I can try compiling it with MIPSpro?


Nice work on the Mozilla 1.6 build; it's much faster then 1.4 and just as stable (so far). Keep 'em coming foetz!

You're better off compiling Firebird with gcc using maximum optimization flags. Firebird will compile with MIPSpro, but it only work with minimal or no compile-time optimizations. In my experience, using gcc 3.x and maximum compile-time optimization flags results in a faster version. That's not to say it isn't worth using both (MIPSpro 7.4 and gcc 3.3.2) to see which optimization flags can be used / which final build is faster.

all my stuff is mipspro only ;-)
-O3 -mips4

uhm, you got firebird compiled with mipspro and more than -O1? What did you change? Optimizing with MipsPro has been breaking Mozilla derivates for ages..

so long,

yes ;-)
i got a patch from solving the optimizer
you also need well chosen configure flags...

ah, cool. Still got the url? Otherwise i'll start digging for it myself..

so long,

no, but the patch ;-))

--- xpcom/io/ 2003-07-03 22:54:36.000000000 +0200
+++ xpcom/io/ 2003-10-28 11:51:17.000000000 +0100
@@ -154,6 +154,7 @@ FORCE_USE_PIC = 1

include $(topsrcdir)/config/



thanks! The resulting build still wasn't stable enough though. I could get it to crash resproduceable on some sites (same with your build too). The problem was somewhere in Disabling optimizations in nsprpub/pr/src/ and subdirs too fixed this for me..

so long,

Great job, foetz! Your Mozilla build 1.6 is way faster than SGI 1.4, but it seems to lack crypto support (--enable-crypto). I cannot access https site without a "Download and install Personal Security Manager" popup. Any solution ?

Good job on Firebird! Quite cool!
I'm having issues with java plugin (I bet it's gcc-related)... Any chance of posting a MipsPro optimized version?
ALso, I've created a nice (I think) .icon for Firebird, any plan on tagging the app and making desktop icons?

Never mind, it's tagged... My bad... has a nice icon for it...

Still no luck with java plug-in though...

I use Java2_1.4.1 plug-in for IRIX available at

You have 2 versions :

Install the second one. It will install the file :

Just create a link on it in your plugins directory. It should work.

Yes it did! For some reason (stupidity most likely), I assumed this was using the gcc plugin...
My apologies Foetz!

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