Raising Mozilla on Linux Runtime Requirements Proposed

Monday May 14th, 2007

Mike Connor has written a weblog post proposing raising the runtime requirements for Mozilla applications on Linux. Historically, Mozilla on Linux has had fairly conservative requirements, employing runtime checks and workarounds to support older libraries or work around known bugs. While this means that Mozilla applications will run on older Linux distributions, it has led to some compromises and ugly hacks in the Mozilla code, making it harder to maintain.

Mike has discussed the issue with Christopher Aillon of Red Hat and Alexander Sack of the Ubuntu project to create an updated list of Linux runtime requirements. Maintainers of older Linux distributions will be able to make the necessary changes to keep Mozilla working with older libraries themselves but the Mozilla Corporation will not ship or test builds for older platforms.

If Mike's proposals are accepted, the first version of Mozilla Firefox to ship with these higher requirements will be Firefox 3. This version of Firefox will also drop support for Windows 95, 98 and ME and raise the minimum required Mac OS X version from 10.2 to 10.3.9.

#5 Re: But this isn't the point, sorry.

by schapel

Tuesday May 22nd, 2007 9:12 AM

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"This is almost akin, in the Windows world anyway, of telling people that we're not going to support your last XP SP pack. You've all got to go out and get Vista now or you can't run Firefox 3 or any other Mozilla Product. It's about what it comes down to when you take this to its logical conclusion."

This is an overreaction. There's no way new versions Mozilla products aren't going to run on a large percentage of its installed base. Additionally, Linux is free and you need to pay for new versions of Windows. Just upgrade to a newer version of Linux, and you'll be fine to run Firefox 3. If you do not want to do that, you can run Firefox 2. It doesn't seem like much a problem to me.