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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).


#28 Gecko on win 3.1

by Richard Matthias

Sunday January 10th, 1999 1:39 PM

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Gecko would be hard to get working on win16 because it is really only designed to run on architectures that support 'proper' 32-bit pointers.

OTOH win32s gives you most of the win32 environment on win 3.1. NSPR makes the tricky parts of Gecko (threading, sockets and process spawning) easier to get working across platforms.

I for one confidently expect there to be a win 3.1 version of Gecko once the code becomes stable.