Mozilla Drops glibc 2.0 Support - For Now
Tuesday August 10th, 1999
Andrew Niese writes in with this news:
"Daniel 'leaf' Nunes, mozilla.org 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 Mozilla.org 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.'"
I'm not a linux tech-head, I do use it, but am not all that knowledgeable about it. I do know however that after I installed RH5.2, I needed to upgrade a lot of the libraries before I could install much. I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade a library if it allowed me to run Moz. I'm sure most people would be the same, unless there's some technical reason why you can't upgrade... (?)