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Firefox Langpacks Subpackage

Summary

Firefox langpacks, which have been bundled in the Fedora firefox base package until now, will be moved to a firefox-langpacks subpackage.

Owner

Current status

Detailed Description

The firefox packages carries many langpacks containing translations and other localization data for different countries and languages. This Change will move them to a separate subpackage pulled in as a weak dependency by the base package.

Feedback

Initial discussion: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2035178

Benefit to Fedora

This makes Fedora a little more modular: going forward it will be possible to install firefox without having to have all the langpacks installed too.

Scope

  • Proposal owners:
    • Update Rawhide firefox to add the langpacks subpackage (PR)
  • Other developers: none
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Alignment with Objectives:

Upgrade/compatibility impact

When upgrading to Fedora 37, firefox's new weak dependency will pull in the firefox-langpacks subpackage, so users should not experience any change by default.

How To Test

  • install firefox and check that firefox-langpacks gets pulled in
  • test that firefox's langpacks are functioning normally
  • test upgrade from F36 to F37 and ensure that the firefox-langpacks subpackage gets installed.

User Experience

Users will have a new firefox-langpacks subpackage installed by default. If they don't require localization they can remove it and benefit from lighter firefox updates and save about 50MB of diskspace.

Dependencies

None

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: proposal owners will revert firefox.spec to not subpackage langpacks
  • Contingency deadline: before final freeze
  • Blocks release? No


Documentation

None

Release Notes

Firefox's langpacks have been moved to a subpackage for greater install flexibility.