Mozilla Drops glibc 2.0 Support - For Now

Tuesday August 10th, 1999

Andrew Niese writes in with this news:

"Daniel 'leaf' Nunes, release engineer, today brought the bad news that the Mozilla project will cease focusing development efforts on glibc versions lower than 2.1. glibc, the GNU C compiler runtime library, appears to have a bug in it that often blocks the progress of the Mozilla project on some Unix platforms, and 'seems to have no workaround from the browser side,' Nunes says. A BugZilla thread has been started to help figure out the whole situation.

Worst-case scenario, builds of Seamonkey (the 5.0 browser project) could eventually become unsupported on distributions that use the older version of glibc, such as RedHat 5.2.

Many Netscape engineers agree that the final 5.0 release of Seamonkey should support glibc 2.0, but for now the future looks cloudy. Leaf tells us that 'there are still top men working on an eventual solution.'"

#11 Mozilla Drops glibc 2.0 Support - For Now

by Anon

Friday August 13th, 1999 1:26 PM

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If it means getting a USABLE milestone -- by all means ignore 2.0. Check the report in Linux Today about Burlington Coat Factory's Linux rollout. Biggest concern with regard to desktops? That people start using IE without a comparable Netscape browser available, thus throwing a wrench into Linux on desktop plans.