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Firefox to dump early Linux support
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Open Source browser Firefox may not be able to support earlier versions of Linux soon.
According to PC World, the Mozilla Corporation has decided that Firefox 3 will only work with with more-or-less current Linux runtimes.
A spokesman for Mozilla said that the workarounds and ugly hacks that were required to prop up the earlier versions of Linux were getting ugly. After discussions with representatives from Red Hat and Canonical, which distributes the popular Ubuntu Linux, Mozilla has come up with new runtime support guidelines for Firefox 3.0.
Older distros will be able to have build-time support/workarounds as necessary, but Mozilla will not ship or test builds for older platforms.