Mozilla Runs on Debian Linux-m68K!

Monday August 2nd, 1999

Mozilla has now been successfully built and run on a pre-PowerPC Mac with Debian Linux-m68k installed as the OS. Read the news item at If you're running Debian Linux on an older Mac, download here and take Mozilla for a spin.

#1 Great news!

by Anon

Monday August 2nd, 1999 2:02 PM

I'd love to fire up my old amiga just to see how mozilla makes it on the old one.

#2 Great news!

by Anon

Monday August 2nd, 1999 2:06 PM

Mac gottdammit i meant MAC :D

#3 Cool

by ERICmurphy

Monday August 2nd, 1999 9:14 PM

Almost makes me want to buy an old Mac to play with.

#4 Win3.11

by Anon

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 7:49 AM

A question that I was wondering if anyone could answer: how easy would it be to port Mozilla to 16 bit (3.1) Windows platforms or is there already people working on that?

I think it would be a shame if these people (many not technically knowledgable to run a free OS as yet) would have to shell out to Microsoft to upgrade to Win32 just to run a v5 browser (as well as possibly upgrade hardware too). As Mozilla is going to be smaller than communicator it would be ideal to port to Win16 for those who still use it.

#5 No Hard-Core Win16 programmers

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 8:16 AM

I've never met any die-hard Win16 programmers, (although I've met a suprising number of Comidore 64 ones) and I think thats where the problem lies. Most other operating systems have a small faction of geek supporters to help port open source projects to their OS of choice. Not so with win 3.1x. Most people I know who use Win16 do so only because the are forced to (by businesses/parents who can't afford to upgrade) I'd almost hazzard a guess that you'd be more likely see a port to the Apple II platform (long live Woz!!) before a port to pre 9x Windows.

#6 Link Reference

by ERICmurphy

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 1:59 PM offers some information into your older OS questions.


#7 Linux may be the recommended route to go for older

by ERICmurphy

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 2:19 PM

I dug this up...

> How many non-technical computer users use UNIX? "Just about anyone who accesses a Web, FTP, News or email server is using Unix, even if they don't realise it. As for desktop use, if you produced a really cut-down version of Unix that only does as much as DOS does, there's no reason why it would be any more complex to set up or use, either."

This is a good statement. People with older machines should technically ditch Windows or Mac OS if they want to use newer software on their present hardware.

However, such people with older machines are most likely not going to ditch the Windows 3.1 they are so used to, or the Mac OS they love.

Looks like these people are simply going to be left behind. It's a shame.


#8 but with GUI too?

by arielb

Thursday August 5th, 1999 6:36 PM

remember, going to linux also means xwindows+kde or enlightenment or something. I wonder how that will work on my 486 66. I know win 16 does the job.

#9 yes, with GUI too!

by Anon

Friday August 6th, 1999 10:18 PM

yours truly ran Linux 1.0.9 thru 1.3.something + X11 + FVWM on a 486-80 with (IIRC) sixteen megs ram. works just fine - slow, but so's everything on such hardware. faster than win95 was.