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Karl Trygve Kalleberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Notice: Changing mozilla useflag to browserplugin for all Java runtimes
Mon, 11 Jul 2005 15:13:03 +0200
over the course of the next few days, we will finally be replacing the
'mozilla' useflag in all the Java runtimes with a new USE flag, called
The change means that in order to have continued Java browser plugin
support, you must add the useflag 'browserplugin' to the USE="...." line
in your /etc/make.conf file.
The reason for the change is that:
) all browser plugins now work with more than just the Mozilla
webbrowser, thus naming it 'mozilla' has become rather inaccurate.
) the 'mozilla' useflag is primarily used for embedding Mozilla
into other applications.
) it should be possible to enable the Java browser plugin system-wide,
without turning on Mozilla embedding for random other applications.
As such, the 'mozilla' and 'mozilla' useflags are different, but
at the present time have the same name, which is rather confusing.
(For now, the new useflag is not a global useflag, so as to not upset
certain elements in the developer community. It is marked as a local
useflag for all packages supporting it. However, the difference is
merely academic, but I'm sure a flamewar will erupt over this as usual.)
Refer to  for tracking of this issue.
We will keep supporting the 'mozilla' useflag for a minimum period of a
month, and you will be amply warned about the change when installing or
upgrading a Java runtime.
-- Karl T
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