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  1. Firefox 3 and windows98SE - a request

    I am aware that Firefox 3 will not work on win98SE, as intended.

    Some of my colleagues would like to get it to work with win98SE. Is
    there anyone on this group who would be willing to yield some
    assistance, or anyone in mozilla that would be willing to help?

  2. Re: Firefox 3 and windows98SE - a request

    Aaron Maronkavitch wrote:
    > I am aware that Firefox 3 will not work on win98SE, as intended.
    >
    > Some of my colleagues would like to get it to work with win98SE. Is
    > there anyone on this group who would be willing to yield some
    > assistance, or anyone in mozilla that would be willing to help?


    The reason why Win98 isn't supported is because it would require a lot
    _a lot_ of work to add support for it, even for experienced Firefox &
    Windows developers.

    If you or your group are willing to do the work, there is AFAIK no
    reason why it couldn't be supported, but I'm afraid you are already too
    late for Firefox 3 as they have already released beta. You could get
    support for the next version, assuming you are able to write the patch
    fast enough.

    You would probably get help from the developers also. But I seriously
    suggest that you first study how big task this is.

    If you wonder why Firefox 2 works, but Firefox 3 doesn't. The reason is
    within the changes to the core of the Firefox. Firefox 3 uses Cairo,
    which doesn't work in Win98, due to lack of API functions that are
    available on more modern operating systems.

    You should learn more if you read comments in this bug report:
    https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=331723

    But I'm curious. Why is someone still using Win98 (as it is not
    supported by Microsoft anymore and it has known unpatched security
    holes, in addition with other problems that modern operating systems
    don't have)? Why not Linux instead if they are not willing to buy new
    hardware? Most of the win98 apps would probably work on Wine and Linux
    has better hardware support than Win98.

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  3. Re: Firefox 3 and windows98SE - a request

    Aggro wrote:
    > Aaron Maronkavitch wrote:
    >> I am aware that Firefox 3 will not work on win98SE, as intended.
    >>
    >> Some of my colleagues would like to get it to work with win98SE. Is
    >> there anyone on this group who would be willing to yield some
    >> assistance, or anyone in mozilla that would be willing to help?

    >
    > The reason why Win98 isn't supported is because it would require a lot
    > _a lot_ of work to add support for it, even for experienced Firefox &
    > Windows developers.
    >
    > If you or your group are willing to do the work, there is AFAIK no
    > reason why it couldn't be supported, but I'm afraid you are already too
    > late for Firefox 3 as they have already released beta. You could get
    > support for the next version, assuming you are able to write the patch
    > fast enough.
    >
    > You would probably get help from the developers also. But I seriously
    > suggest that you first study how big task this is.
    >
    > If you wonder why Firefox 2 works, but Firefox 3 doesn't. The reason is
    > within the changes to the core of the Firefox. Firefox 3 uses Cairo,
    > which doesn't work in Win98, due to lack of API functions that are
    > available on more modern operating systems.
    >
    > You should learn more if you read comments in this bug report:
    > https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=331723
    >
    > But I'm curious. Why is someone still using Win98 (as it is not
    > supported by Microsoft anymore and it has known unpatched security
    > holes, in addition with other problems that modern operating systems
    > don't have)? Why not Linux instead if they are not willing to buy new
    > hardware? Most of the win98 apps would probably work on Wine and Linux
    > has better hardware support than Win98.
    >

    Thanks for the info. i hope this thread could run a bit with perhaps
    some further useful information being given, or contacts, on how to get
    FF3 (or FF4) working with win98SE.

    The answer to your question is that a lot of UNOFFICIAL updates have
    been done to the OS. I and many others find it works very well.
    For further info see http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=8
    (Appeal! Please don't divert the main purpose of my question. Thanks!!)

  4. Re: Firefox 3 and windows98SE - a request

    Aaron Maronkavitch wrote:

    > Thanks for the info. i hope this thread could run a bit with perhaps
    > some further useful information being given, or contacts, on how to
    > get FF3 (or FF4) working with win98SE.


    You could of course run for example virtual machine on Windows. You
    could survive with relatively low amount of memory if you run some light
    Linux distribution on it. And Firefox on the virtualized Linux. This is
    the easiest method, but it will use more memory (because it will be
    running two operating systems at the same time). Integration with
    Windows is also quite minimal, so using it could be difficult. Here is
    one, but I'm not sure in it supports Win98 (I didn't find it easy to
    find that information):
    http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

    This is all I can come up with.

    Firefox 2 will be supported for 6 months after Firefox 3 is released.

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