The future of PowerPC web browsing is looking even bleaker with the recent announcement of no plugin support in future releases of TenFourFox.
Mozilla released Firefox 4 in April 2011. This was the first version not to support the PowerPC platform. Luckily, Cameron Kaiser and his team have been back porting newer version of Firefox to PPC Macs in the form of TenFourFox. At writing this the official Firefox is currently at version 21, whereas TenFourFox is sitting at version 17.0.6 (with a beta of 21). Each release of TenFourFox mirrors Firefox as closely as possible.
In version 6, the TenFourFox team disabled plugin support by default, but it could be enabled (instructions here), however, in recent shocking news it appears that plugin support in future versions of TenFourFox will be removed altogether (extensions and add-ons remain).
TenFourFox 17 looks set to be the last version to support plugins. Mozilla removed the support for Carbon and QuickDraw in plugins in Firefox which virtually all PPC-compatible plugins are based on, thus ending the possibility of plugins to continue for PowerPC Macs.
While still having a maintained browser for the foreseeable future, it does mean that Flash support, amongst others, is going to be a no go. This is a huge blow for the PowerPC community.
We’re left in a catch 22 situation: Do you keep an outdated browser to have support for an outdated Flash plugin, or do you upgrade to a newer supported browser version while forsaking Flash altogether.
One thing for sure, this is a sad day for PowerPC users.
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