Dropping Support for Mac OS X 10.4 in Firefox

Gordon P. Hemsley

When I posted in the topic on mozilla.dev.planning about dropping support for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) in the next version of Firefox after 3.5 (to be powered by Gecko 1.9.2), I was merely trying my viewpoint as a user of that operating system that likes to use the cutting edge of Firefox versions. I wasn’t expecting to anything more than contribute to the discussion.

However, my buddy Google just alerted me that I had been quoted—sandwiched between two slices of Mike Conner (mconner) bread—by Gregg Keizer in an article for ComputerWorld:

“Overall I think there’s a lot of technical reasons why 10.5 should be a new baseline, and the number of users is small and diminishing in any case, so I definitely support this from the Firefox side,” said Michael Connor, one of the company’s software engineers, later in the discussion thread. Connor was the one who jump-started the conversation earlier this month about dropping support for Windows 2000 and versions of Windows XP prior to Service Pack 2.

Not everyone is keen on the idea, however. “Suffice to say, I will be very disappointed if I can’t upgrade to Firefox 3.6 or Firefox 4 next year,” countered Gordon Hemsley, a user who posted to the forum.

Even though he recommended dropping 10.4 support, Connor acknowledged that doing so will irk some Firefox fans. “Users will be [angry]. That’s just the way it works,” he said. “But a huge number of apps seem to be 10.5-only these days anyway, so we’re just another tree in the forest.”

How cool is that?