Overview Mozilla Firefox for AIX is an Open Source Web Browser. It delivers helpful new features and continues to lead the way in on-line security. It implements technologies like the Gecko layout engine, and supports Web standards or draft standards like HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, DOM, and many more . Version of Firefox Mozilla Firefox with version 188.8.131.52 can be installed in AIX 5.3 and later. Installation Procedure The following rpm s are the pre requisites for Firefox(64 bit). These packages will be available from the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications CD/DVD. Before installing the prerequisites check the availability of 150MB free space on the /opt file system. atk-1.12.3-2.aix5.2.ppc.rpm cairo-1.8.8-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm expat-2.0.1-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm fontconfig-2.4.2-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm freetype2-2.3.9-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm gettext-0.10.40-6.aix5.1.ppc.rpm glib2-2.12.4-2.aix5.2.ppc.rpm gtk2-2.10.6-4.aix5.2.ppc.rpm libjpeg-6b-6.aix5.1.ppc.rpm libpng
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