Where will it *run*
Posted Jun 10, 2004 19:47 UTC (Thu) by Baylink
Parent article: A look at Firefox 0.9
It's not exactly our "problem", per se, but there has always seemed to me to be a tendency in the F/OSS community not to impose arbitrary restrictions on such items as which processors a program will run on -- merely because we don't think it will be comfortable to use on slower machines.
If you want to run it on a 386, goes our notional argument, and you're willing to be that patient, go for it.
Comes now the milestone builds of Moz and FireFox.
Which will not run on my *586* laptop.
Someone decided that they should be built for P-II's and above; Pentium's need not apply.
I invite you to visualize my trying to build from source on my P-266 96MB laptop with KDE running, with only a couple hundred meg free on the 10 GB drive.
I invite you to imagine third-worlders trying to run it on their 486's.
I invite you to read the open bug , see all the comments and merged duplicates... and note that it's 4 months (and a couple of milestone builds) old, and that it hasn't even been assigned to the release manager yet.
Can This Project Be Saved?
Is anyone in the penthouse suite at mozilla.org listening?
Is it just me?
Cause, y'know, so many things are just me...
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