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16 Apr, 2012 08:41 PM

On the BuildWiki, it's written that a 10.6 build is possible. My question is, wouldn't this in theory be less effective performance or bloat-wise than a direct Mozilla repo build? Surely the Altivec code is useless to Snow Leopard?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 16 Apr, 2012 08:50 PM

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    The only reason I mention 10.6 building is possible -- and mind you, I don't know if anyone has actually tried -- is to try to build TenFourFox faster. That's it.

    As far as actually running it on any Intel system, I agree it is not too useful because of the Rosetta overhead. Particularly with the JIT, TenFourFox translates the JavaScript to PowerPC assembly using PowerPC code which Rosetta has to translate, and then Rosetta has to translate the code it generated! Even more incredibly, this is actually faster than the JavaScript interpreter, but not by much.

    For 10.4 Intel users there isn't much choice if you, for some reason, cannot upgrade to 10.5 or 10.6, but for 10.5 and up you might as well just use Firefox. And we don't support it anyway.

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