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Mozilla On Older Systems?

Tuesday December 29th, 1998

From Eric Murphy comes a question regarding Mozilla and older systems.

"After some research and e-mailing, I have come to the conclusion that Mozilla is not going to run on either Windows 3.1x or Mac OS on the 040. In my opinion, it would be a big loss to not support these systems, as there are still a lot of user out there who have these systems, and Mozilla might actually run well on them.

As a webmaster, I am dying for a great new browser that will run on even the older machines. As part of a Non-Profit ISP, we would be very excited if we could distribute a brand new browser that would run well on our users' usually antiquated machines.

I hope I am dead wrong, and that there are groups working to support these machines. If I am right, I hope this note will help spur support for these machines."

It would be nice if one of the developers could take a minute to detail what technologies Mozilla is using that preclude porting to these platforms (if that is actually the case).


#10 Re:Mozilla On Older Systems?

by leaf

Wednesday December 30th, 1998 8:16 PM

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The number of platforms that mozilla runs on is not determined by an edict from anyone.

Platforms that have developers will have mozilla.

Platforms for which there are no champions, with no developers with the drive to (back)port the feature work going on on the modern OS's, will not have mozilla.

The code is there; if there are developers *and* demand for a windows 3.11 version of mozilla, someone can take the code, and backport it. It's as simple as that. Without developers, no amount of demand will suffice. And without sufficient demand, no developer will port (even if the demand is the developer's own itch).