Mozilla for PPC

Alexander Derbes acd at
Mon May 3 15:59:04 EST 1999


   What is the deal with Communicator for PPCLinux?  is that what still
what is holding up the R5 release?

2nd question:  I am thinking about getting a lombard powerbook, based on
the initial data available on the chipset etc, how much kernel work will
be required to get linux running?


On Mon, 3 May 1999, Kostas Gewrgiou wrote:

> On Sun, 2 May 1999, Jason Y. Sproul wrote:
> > 
> > Tom Vier <nester at> posted back in March about the need for someone
> > to hack up a PowerPC linkage function for XPCOM. Netscape's XPCOM will be
> > essential to Mozilla in the near future, and the functions in question are
> > only a few dozen lines long. I've been in touch with the module owner about
> > doing this, but I won't be able to work on it for at least a week or two
> > (possibly more). I'm also not familiar with LinuxPPC calling conventions
> > (although I am familiar with other ABIs, and with PPC asm).
> > 
> > Furthermore, it appears that a pre-R5 glibc2 system is necessary to make
> > Mozilla work at all, and I've yet to set that up. I've got a partition I
> > can use, but I have to clean it up and download and install pre-R5. And
> > hopefully R5 will be out soon anyway.
> > 
> > Does someone else want to volunteer for this? Alternatively, could anyone
> > point me to a good reference on the LinuxPPC ABI? Extra bonus points if you
> > can make Mozilla work on my R4 system... Thanks!
> > 
> > ........................................................................
> > Jason Y. Sproul          
> > jsproul at            jsproul at
> >      Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
> > 
> > 
> Mozilla works fine under R4, i am using the XFree libs so i am not sure
> if it will work with the X libs installed with R4 (you are going to need
> a newer version anyways since the default libs aren't thread safe). 
> I do have an rpm of mozilla (built with no changes from the R5 srpm) if
> you want it.
>   Kostas Gewrgiou.

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