Classic Mac OS Builds of Mozilla Transitioning to Port Status
Sunday December 15th, 2002
MacSlash has an article about Mozilla dropping support for Mac OS 8 and 9. The Classic Mac OS build of Mozilla is being moved to port status (i.e. beginning with 1.3 Alpha, mozilla.org will not produce official builds of Mozilla for versions of Mac OS before X). If you're still using Mac OS 8 or 9 and have CarbonLib installed, you may be able to use MozillaCFM, the Carbonised build of Mozilla for Mac OS X. Information about this is available in the 1.3 Alpha Release Notes but note that we haven't tried this ourselves. Eventually, mozilla.org plans to only make FizzillaMach builds of Mozilla for Mac OS X. Microsoft has already stopped making new releases of Internet Explorer for versions of Mac OS before X.
#4 Re: Would be nice to have in older osses
Monday December 16th, 2002 5:19 PM
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I'm not sure if Mozilla even works on Win95. I can well imagine that calls to more up to date APIs mean that you would have install IE (irony) 4 or 5 at the very least.
The situation is nowhere near as bad as OS 9 though. The old Mac build system is pure evil and very hard to maintain with the unified Win32/Unix system. The Mach build is a joy in comparison ('cvs -co mozilla/client.mk; cd mozilla; make -f client.mk') and with the added bonus that it builds straight from the DevTools you get with OS X. Mac developers no longer need to fork out however many hundreds of dollars it is to buy CodeWarrior or lash together various classic & carbon tools with AppleScript, thus making the platform considerably more accessible than it ever was before.