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In an Ubuntu 10.10 32bit VM with firefox 10.0 (binary extracted to /opt/firefox) I get 'failed to create drawable' when I successfully launch firefox via CLI



I have a 32bit Ubuntu 10.10 (maverick) and as I want this version to stay the same I've edited /etc/sources.list as follows:
[CODE] edit unsupported use leading space to preformat &/or < b r /> & nowiki tags ~J99

# Required
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security main restricted universe multiverse
# Optional
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu maverick universe


All fine untill here... I also needed my firefox to be in the 10.0 version and to do so, I've fetched manually the tar.bz2 package from firefox' page dedicated to old releases; uninstalled the old one using 'Software Manager' and installed this new package by giving the following commands to the CLI: [CODE]

root@server: tar -xjvf firefox-10.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt
root@server: ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox


I can launch firefox from the CLI and it opens, I can browse the web, etc...

My problem is that an apparent error/warning message is sent to the stdout saying «failed to create drawable»

Do you know what it is and how to correct it?

Furthermore, I would like to add this app to the graphical menu in «Applications > Internet» section/menu.

Thank you very much for the help

Yours sincerely, sebastiaopburnay

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.22 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/25.0.1364.172 Safari/537.22

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I am rather a newbie with respect to Ubuntu.

You may get an answer here, but Ubuntu forums may be a better place regarding the error message.

Normally it is a bad idea to use outdated Firefox, but on a Ubuntu VM at least you should have isolation, and presumably easy recovery procedures.

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I see you have already posted http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2125872

Note Chrome folders are correct within Firefox see for instance *https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Chrome

it is not from Google Chrome. The name is coincidental.

If by the may you are using an ESR version currently it should be fx17.x not fx10.x

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@sebastiaopburnay: It also seemed strange to me that there was a chrome inside the /opt/firefox folder, but the app is really firefox (it was downloaded from Mozilla).

@nibal: Smt is very wrong. This is chrome, not firefox.

@nibal: You are right. I guess there is a lot of cooperation between Mozilla and Google.

nibal certainly jumps to conclusion that it is related to Google Chrome and not see that it is a coincidence in name as the browser we know as Firefox existed for pretty much six years (as Phoenix 0.1) before the browser Chrome did.


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See also http://www.nngroup.com/articles/browser-and-gui-chrome/