Mozilla May Drop Support for Mac OS X Leopard in 2012
If you are an Apple user with OS X Leopard running, than it might be time for you to update your operating system. Leopard is four years old and many companies, including Apple itself, are droppings support for it. Recently, Mozilla announced that the company may drop support for the Firefox web browser on OS X 10.5 Leopard.
Josh Aas, the Mozilla engineering manager proposed ending support for OS X Leopard in roughly six months. According to him, this time frame will allow Mozilla to address any final bug or security fixes, while also allowing Leopard owners a chance to upgrade their operating system if they want to. It should be noted that Leopard owners donít have to upgrade if they donít want to as the current version of Firefox will continue to work. Firefox users just wonít receive any supplemental security fixes or enhancements to the browser after the cut-off point.
Mozilla just earlier this year dropped support for PowerPC-equipped Macs. In early 2010, the company also dropped support for Mac OS X 10.4, or Tiger, after the launch of Firefox 3.6. Users who don't plan to upgrade to Lion will still have other options in face of the inevitable retirement which is to bound to come.
While this might not affect too many users, it isnít good to see users being forced into an upgrade or being stuck with no support and a lack of future updates. With more and more companies dropping support for OS X Leopard, the time for an upgrade continues to move closer. Will you be one of the affected users?