FreeBSD 5.1 goodness

Sep 7, 2003

I now have a wonderful FreeBSD 5.1 system on my laptop. It works great, and it feels faster and more responsive than OpenBSD. That's allright, OpenBSD and FreeBSD have very different goals, very roughly speaking they are security and performance respectively.

I messed around a little making Firebird use the flashpluginwrapper correctly. I had to edit the /usr/X11R6/bin/firebird wrapper script and insert these lines at the beginning of the code:

# Enable the /usr/ports/www/flashpluginwrapper port.
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/libflashplayer.so.1
export LD_PRELOAD

And I also did:

cp /usr/local/lib/flash/libflashplayer.so \
    /usr/X11R6/lib/firebird/lib/mozilla-1.5a/plugins/libflashplayer_linux.so
cp /usr/local/lib/flash/ShockwaveFlash.class \
    /usr/X11R6/lib/firebird/lib/mozilla-1.5a/plugins

I also have the native Java 2 SDK 1.3.1 installed as a plugin, I think it's required to use the Flashplayer. It also eats around 100 megs of memory when it starts. Urgh!

Firebird is a wonderful browser, and if you're not afraid to edit your user.js, userChrome.css and userContent.css files you can make it just about whatever you want. Look through David Tensers Firebird Tips & Tricks for inspiration. That page also tell you how to adjust the language preferences in a HTTP request, something that's missing from the Tools -> Options... dialog.


Last edited: May 1, 2016


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