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RE: Moox firefox/thunderbird builds. Anyone looked at these yet?
From: "Stuart Fox \(DSL AK\)" <StuartF () datacom co nz>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 13:10:48 +1300

I wonder why somebody would branch just to do performance 

Because people want their browser to perform quickly?

Why not just work with the mozilla team and apply the changes 
to the source tree? It's not like he's adding features and 
the team didn't want them because they would add to bloat. 
Makes me wonder if there is a hidden agenda is these custom builds...

Because it doesn't look like he's actually making changes to the code,
he's just compiling with specific support for certain processor features
which aren't included in a general (unoptimised) build.  Basically,
Mozilla distribute a vanilla build that will run on everything, and this
guy is compiling with support for specific processor optimisations that
won't run on processors that don't support those features.

Or maybe I'm just a super paranoid security professional.

You probably are being a little paranoid, although I prefer to run the
binaries as distributed by the supplier (I of course trust that they
haven't included backdoors, and they have compiled it sensibly.  For me,
any open source application I run is essentially closed source

If you were being super paranoid, you could generate your own optimised
build - once you'd read through all the source code looking for security
holes of course...


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