You might remember this forum post from nearly six years ago when Mozilla made a decision to drop support for Windows 9x/NT4/Me from Gecko 1.9.
After several months of wondering off in bugzilla.mozilla.org as well as mozilla.dev.planning Google newsgroups, I'm starting to feel pretty adventurous to see as if there are some developers here who have good knowledge of C++ programming with interest to keep Windows 2000 alive on our own accord, I've been thinking that this would be the right place to post.
Well...as you might not have already noticed, Asa Doltzer, Mozilla software developer and community coordinator for Firefox marketing projects has called on the Mozilla development team to end all support for Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM, Windows XP SP1 and Windows Server 2003 RTM.
This change will impact all Mozilla-based apps (including official builds of Firefox) off the Gecko 13 branch and beyond. Products built on the Gecko 12 branch will be last to support Windows 2000. When Firefox 13 gets released on 5 June 2012 (less than 18 weeks from now), our options will be limited.
With Firefox 13 (the current version in trunk Nightly) and any Mozilla-based apps built on Gecko 13, developers switched to Visual Studio 2010 which means that the upcoming version of Firefox (and any Mozilla-based apps) will start using EncodePointer, DecodePointer, newer compiler features with numerous entry point dependencies that do not exist on Windows 2000 and older versions of Windows.
Here are the references, if you're interested:
That's why there are projects (such as KernelEx for Win2K and KDW/FCWin2K) to help keep Win2K alive. Wouldn't it be interesting to help contribute and try to develop a compatibility library or a custom version of Firefox (or any Mozilla-based app) for Windows 2000?
Well...with less than 18 weeks remaining, there is still a lot of time do this and I've been thinking that it would be a good idea to get discussions started early.
Let's see if anyone here is interested in helping out!
Sadly, I don't have any knowledge of C++ programming, but I'll be glad to see what is going on here. I can't wait to test out some stuff under VMware Player soon to see if it works.
Edited by ppgrainbow, 19 October 2012 - 09:36 AM.