Mozilla to discontinue support for Firefox under Leopard this October

:::Ya gotta upgrade sometime.
Per Macworld, Mozilla will drop support for Apple’s OS X 10.5,
or Leopard, after it ships Firefox 16 in October, according to
company developers.
“We are not planning to support Mac OS X 10.5 with Firefox
17,” said Josh Aas, who works on the Firefox platform group,
in a message last month on Bugzilla. “The builds will fail to
run on anything less than Mac OS X 10.6.”
OS X 10.6 is Snow Leopard, the 2009 follow-up to Leopard, which shipped in October
By Mozilla’s release calendar, Firefox 16 is to debut Oct. 9. Firefox 17, the first that
will not to pushed to Leopard users, is slated for a Nov. 20 launch.
Mozilla is following Google’s lead in dropping Leopard; Google released its last
browser for OS X 10.5, Chrome 21, on July 31.
Although Mozilla talked about ditching OS X 10.5 support in December 2011, it
decided then to keep Apple’s OS on the list. Discussions among engineers,
managers and contributors restarted in late June.
According to Mozilla, Leopard’s importance is diminishing. “Mac OS X 10.5 users
have been declining by 1% per month, as a share of our total Mac OS X users,” said
Aas. “This, combined with the impact of the release of Mac OS X 10.8 [Mountain
Lion], means that Mac OS X 10.5 users will likely make up around 10% of Mac OS X
users when Firefox 17 ships.”
As of June 21, 17% of Firefox 13’s Mac users were running Leopard, with larger
shares on Snow Leopard (35%) and Lion (48%), Aas said. Only 4.6% of all Firefox 13
users were running it on a Mac.
Like Google, another reason Mozilla cited for dumping Leopard was that Apple has
also ended support.
The last time Apple patched bugs in Leopard was November 2011, and its most
recent security update, in May 2012, disabled older copies of Flash Player to stymie
Flashback rather than fix specific security flaws. Nor has Apple maintained Safari on
OS X 10.5. The final update was issued over a year ago.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.


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