Run Firefox 4 on a PowerPC Mac with TenFourFox
TenFourFox is an essential web browser for any Mac OS X user that is still using a PowerPC machine. It’s a fork of Mozilla that is practically identical to Firefox 4, the only difference is that it includes support for PowerPC chips, meaning you’ll get all the CSS3 and HTML5 support that Firefox 4 comes with, and perhaps more importantly, most Firefox add-ons are supported.
The developers have a pretty funny attitude about the project, here’s part of their explanation as to why TenFourFox was created:
…we were horrified when Mozilla delivered the one-two punch of dropping both support for Tiger and our beloved Power Macs from Firefox 4. A quad 2.5GHz G5 isn’t worth using to surf the web? Really? And you guys still support Windows XP?
Sure sounds ridiculous when they put it like that, doesn’t it?
You can download TenFourFox directly from the developers site, it’s completely free and has builds optimized for PowerPC G3, G4, and G5 architecture.
System requirements to run TenFourFox are a PowerPC G3, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.8, 100 MB of disk space, and 256MB of RAM. Performance is apparently really fast, although they do caution that video playback will be poor on PowerPC Macs that are slower than 1.2GHz.
What are you waiting for? Breathe new life into that old Mac. Long live PowerPC!