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Firefox 4 won't run on PowerPC Macs, Mozilla says

If you're a Firefox fan and you're still using that trusty old G4 iBook, it might be time to get a new Mac. Firefox 4 probably won't run on PowerPC Macs, accordinging to Mozilla's Director of Firefox. The decision is pending some supporting data, but the Firefox team suspects that PowerPCs no longer make up a significant chunk of Firefox's user base.

The current Firefox 4 beta already doesn't support older Macs. Apparently, the issue is with Out of Process Plugins, which allows plugins to run as separate processes that can crash without taking down the whole browser.

PowerPCs also don't support a key component of the JaegerMonkey JavaScript renderer that makes Firefox 4 faster than previous versions.

[via Computerworld]



Tags: firefox 4, Firefox4, mozilla, powerpc

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