After installing the new release of Linux Mint on my development machine, I found that Firefox won’t start. Navigating to Menu – Internet – Firefox has absolutely no visible effect. However, running firefox in Terminal produces the error message: “GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion ‘sys_page_size == 0’ failed ” along with several warnings. So, now what?
This issue creates a small problem. Without being able to load Firefox, one can’t get to the Internet to check Google! My solution was to install Chromium Browser through Package Manager. While I don’t normally use Chrome, any port in a storm seems like a very good idea.
It turns out that the problem is a known bug. Hooray! It is also apparent that, as of 25-May-14 (the last posting on the bug report), no solution has been provided for Mozilla’s Bug 833117. Boo!
So, for the moment at least, I am in Chrome-evaluation mode. This will be interesting since I have used Firefox almost exclusively for several years in both Linux and Windows. But, if Firefox refuses to start, I really do need a working browser!.
Bug 833117 – Does not disable glib slice allocator with glib >= 2.35