"Most open source projects are and always will be black holes." PowerPC Macs have been roaming the earth for over a decade - Intel Macs have long been replaced by something else, but to this day, a small group of people are still in the software development stage for Macintosh PowerPC and Mac OS 9. in progress
But reverting Firefox features to old processes has been stuck in PowerPC only over time. And in March of this year, Kaiser announced that the TenFourFox update was coming to an end after more than a decade of development. The last release of TenFourFox was earlier this month.
Kaiser's full post is long, but well worth reading for the old computer enthusiast or anyone working on software - Kaiser expresses his frustration with the realities of development and frustration. It supports an application, but also highlights TenFourFox's remarkable technical achievements, highlighting the nature of modern Internet and open source software development, and says:
My major is very specialized and has nothing to do with computing, you can't really give me enough money to dedicate my daily life to TenFourFox or any other open source project, because I'm not just scaling. (We didn't accept donations anyway, largely so people wouldn't think they were "purchasing" something.) I know some people make a living off of free open source projects. I think these people are an exception and they are special precisely because they are rare. Most open source projects, even those with large user databases, have been and always will be black holes. Kaiser doesn't intend to stop working on the browser entirely, but is changing it to what it calls it. Its "entertainment mode" continues to send security patches from newer versions of Firefox ESR to the TenFourFox Github page, but anyone who wants to use it will have to build the app themselves. Kaiser also will not undertake to support or provide these add-ons at any time. Other developers can continue to release TenFourFox versions automatically.Advertising
There are many reasons why you should not want to surf the Internet 2021 on Mac PowerPC, even using a fully supported browser. G4 and G5 processors are much slower than modern Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon processors, and trying to load a bloated website with only one or two gigabytes of RAM is a frustrating exercise.
Additionally, Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 has received security updates for years, and most third-party app developers have been around for a long time. Old computers can still run older software, as I learned while trying to boot Mac OS 9 in 2014, but it's hard to connect to the Internet or try to interact with other computers. TenFourFox and its development blog are proof of how hard it can be to swim against this tide.
TenFourFox, one of the latest modern Mac PowerPC browsers, is officially dead
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