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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.'"


#4 upgrade!

by Anon

Wednesday August 11th, 1999 8:30 AM

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I agree. glibc 2.1 has lots of improvements over 2.0 anyway, and anything that could encourage users to upgrade is good. Upgrading to glibc 2.1 was completely painless on my system.