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.'"
Wednesday August 11th, 1999 9:37 AM
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i'm in complete agreement. most linux distros (where "most" refers to redhat, debian, and probably slackware although i know less about it) make it surprisingly painless to upgrade things like this.
from both a software engineering perspective, and a business model perspective, it is obviously desirable to support as many platforms out of the box as possible. however, i wouldn't sweat too hard over it, since the core of browser users on linux are either going to be gearheads (who will know how to deal with this sort of thing) or less savvy users of newer distros (which will already have glibc2.1 installed).