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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).


#19 Re:Mozilla On Older Systems?

by spacecow <spacecow@mis.net>

Saturday January 2nd, 1999 10:04 PM

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I'm working with some developers doing ports to small devices. This is stuff like SetTop Boxes, palm pilot, WinCE, digital watches, calculators, etc. The work on pilot most likely could be pushed straight to DOS, Win3.1, because pilot seems to be restricted even more than DOS (wow!). However. Yes, yes, yes. Any developers who want to develop for DOS Win3.1 might do some luck emailing me (<spacecow@mis.net>) however, it doesn't seem that anyone is interested in developing this, and the platform did slip my mind, but my grandma does run this slow of a machine (honestly).

Major problems are in the FE (XPFE probably wouldn't go down that low), lack of new up to date tools that do GUI's, little memory, no threads, single tasking, no networking, ugh, lots. This is for dos, Win3.1 has it's own problems, most of which probably couldn't be worked around. It could happen. As always, there is much to gain, and much (time) to lose. And no, DOS will not quit working in 2000. Some of the dos programs that don't convert the date to four-digit might.