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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).


#27 Re:Mozilla On Older Systems?

by Andrew Arthur <bsa89@geocities.com>

Saturday January 9th, 1999 5:33 PM

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I agree with Mozilla supporting a wide variety of Systems. I know a lot of people out there who still use older OS's. Quite a few Mac's still use System 7.x, and have 68030 and 68040 processors. Not everyone has a PowerPC processor or Mac OS 8. Same thing with Windows 3.1. Many people still use Windows 3.1, and will continue using it. Windows 3.1 has seen unmatched populatrity as and OS (and it still is quite populaur), eventhough it is buggy, and is 16-bit. And well DosZilla, is just way to cool sounding, but if they could get it to work it would be great! Just image running netscape on your DOS box.

Supporting machines new and old, will guarentee, the success of Mozilla, and encourage a large amout of programers, There are alot of 'basement' programers that can't afford the lastest, shinest, x86 or PPC processor/system.

PS: If the DosZilla project is successful, it could be a fairly simple ProDOS port. But then again.......