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Can I do nothing and carry on with Mac OSX 10.6.8 and Firefox 48.0.2?

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I have Mac Mini with OSX 10.6.8 and no available updates, and Firefox 48.0.2 with no available updates. I can't buy a new computer at this time, and want to know if I can carry on with my system as-is. I have minimal understanding of computers and software.

I have Mac Mini with OSX 10.6.8 and no available updates, and Firefox 48.0.2 with no available updates. I can't buy a new computer at this time, and want to know if I can carry on with my system as-is. I have minimal understanding of computers and software.

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Yes you can keep using that computer, however we strongly recommend that you update to a new computer as soon as possible. Your OS and Firefox no longer receive security updates of any kind, which means you are vulnerable to hacks and malware. I would not do any important browsing on that computer (no banking, no important e-mail or social media, etc.) and buy a new computer with a modern OS as soon as possible.

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Tyler Downer
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Yes you can keep using that computer, however we strongly recommend that you update to a new computer as soon as possible. Your OS and Firefox no longer receive security updates of any kind, which means you are vulnerable to hacks and malware. I would not do any important browsing on that computer (no banking, no important e-mail or social media, etc.) and buy a new computer with a modern OS as soon as possible.

Yes you can keep using that computer, however we strongly recommend that you update to a new computer as soon as possible. Your OS and Firefox no longer receive security updates of any kind, which means you are vulnerable to hacks and malware. I would not do any important browsing on that computer (no banking, no important e-mail or social media, etc.) and buy a new computer with a modern OS as soon as possible.
jscher2000
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Hopefully you are a bit "paranoid" about all the trickery on the web and in email. In addition to Firefox's built-in malware and phishing site blocker, you can use OpenDNS (free for home use) to block known bad sites. And since it takes time to accumulate lists of bad sites, don't be in too much of a rush to check out the latest thing.

Hopefully you are a bit "paranoid" about all the trickery on the web and in email. In addition to Firefox's built-in malware and phishing site blocker, you can use OpenDNS (free for home use) to block known bad sites. And since it takes time to accumulate lists of bad sites, don't be in too much of a rush to check out the latest thing. * [[How does built-in Phishing and Malware Protection work?]] * https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
cltaylor12 0 solutions 7 answers

I think telling someone who has clearly indicated he/she can not update their computer to update their computer is a but unreasonable. I have a 2012 MacBook running 10.8.5 because it only has 8GB and can not run a newer version of the OS. I can't spend $3,000 with Apple to get a MacBook with 16GB to give up 250GB of hard drive space for the same size screen just to run the newer OS and update Firefox. It is unreasonable for Firefox support to have been dropped for MAC OS systems prior to 10.9 - it's a browser, it should always be backward compatible. Some of us remember the Netscape/Internet Explorer war and CHOOSE Mozilla Firefox with intent. To dump us because we can't buy a new computer to run a newer OS that is a memory hog is quite frankly, a shame. Shall I just use Safari (which is garbage). Or move to Google's products? I can't get History to stop saving. This has been the case prior to Mozilla ending its support for MAC OS prior to 10.9 I have "never remember history" selected, and I'm CONSTANTLY having to go into the Privacy Settings and hit 'delete all history", over and over. It only makes it worse when I put tracking protection settings on because then in addition to still tracking history streams won't work (they end up choppy and stall). There should be a dmg for this to fix the settings and back up the ps file rather than trying to go to the coded tech-head site and sift through the code details.

I think telling someone who has clearly indicated he/she can not update their computer to update their computer is a but unreasonable. I have a 2012 MacBook running 10.8.5 because it only has 8GB and can not run a newer version of the OS. I can't spend $3,000 with Apple to get a MacBook with 16GB to give up 250GB of hard drive space for the same size screen just to run the newer OS and update Firefox. It is unreasonable for Firefox support to have been dropped for MAC OS systems prior to 10.9 - it's a browser, it should always be backward compatible. Some of us remember the Netscape/Internet Explorer war and CHOOSE Mozilla Firefox with intent. To dump us because we can't buy a new computer to run a newer OS that is a memory hog is quite frankly, a shame. Shall I just use Safari (which is garbage). Or move to Google's products? I can't get History to stop saving. This has been the case prior to Mozilla ending its support for MAC OS prior to 10.9 I have "never remember history" selected, and I'm CONSTANTLY having to go into the Privacy Settings and hit 'delete all history", over and over. It only makes it worse when I put tracking protection settings on because then in addition to still tracking history streams won't work (they end up choppy and stall). There should be a dmg for this to fix the settings and back up the ps file rather than trying to go to the coded tech-head site and sift through the code details.
James
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Google/Chromium and Opera dropped support of the EOL OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and WinXP/Vista back in April 2016 so they are not really an option.

Firefox 45.9.0esr released April 19, 2017 was the latest update to still support the EOL Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8. This is a year longer support.

Intent to deprecate: MacOS 10.6-10.8 support https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/gXZj0rQWEfI[1-25]

This will affect approximately 1.2% of our current release population. Here are the specific breakdowns by OS version: 10.6 : 0.66% 10.7 :0.38% 10.8 : 0.18%

So would it really have been worth the resources, time and build machines needed to maintain support in current releases or perhaps some separate version branch for another year or two?

Even Windows users are not immune as WinXP/Vista support was dropped (despite far more users) as of Firefox 53.0 and later. The Firefox 52 ESR support ends at 52.9.0esr Released on June 26. However at this point Mozilla will have supported WinXP/Vista users for over two years since Google/Chromium and Opera dropped WinXP/Vista. They could have easily dropped WinXP/Vista earlier on due to the increasing difficulties in testing and build machines just as they were having with the support of OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8.

Google/Chromium and Opera dropped support of the EOL OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and WinXP/Vista back in April 201'''6''' so they are not really an option. Firefox [http://archive.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/45.9.0esr/mac/ 45.9.0esr] released April 19, 2017 was the latest update to still support the EOL Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8. This is a year longer support. Intent to deprecate: MacOS 10.6-10.8 support https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/gXZj0rQWEfI[1-25] <blockquote>This will affect approximately 1.2% of our current release population. Here are the specific breakdowns by OS version: 10.6 : 0.66% 10.7 :0.38% 10.8 : 0.18%</blockquote> So would it really have been worth the resources, time and build machines needed to maintain support in current releases or perhaps some separate version branch for another year or two? Even Windows users are not immune as WinXP/Vista support was dropped (despite far more users) as of Firefox 53.0 and later. The Firefox 52 ESR support ends at 52.9.0esr Released on June 26. However at this point Mozilla will have supported WinXP/Vista users for over two years since Google/Chromium and Opera dropped WinXP/Vista. They could have easily dropped WinXP/Vista earlier on due to the increasing difficulties in testing and build machines just as they were having with the support of OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8.
cltaylor12 0 solutions 7 answers

I think it's affecting more people than you realize because 85% of the population of human beings is non confrontational and will not be bothered to spend the time reporting such an issue but have instead migrated to Cell Phones and related apps.

Feel free to buy me a new computer for $3,000. then. Glad that my dedication will go unrewarded by both Apple and Mozilla.

Long reign Microsoft (apparently.

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I think it's affecting more people than you realize because 85% of the population of human beings is non confrontational and will not be bothered to spend the time reporting such an issue but have instead migrated to Cell Phones and related apps. Feel free to buy me a new computer for $3,000. then. Glad that my dedication will go unrewarded by both Apple and Mozilla. Long reign Microsoft (apparently. c-
jscher2000
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Hi cltaylor12, you mentioned a handful of problems affecting your Firefox 48.0.2. Why not start a new question and see whether a support volunteer can help you solve them?

https://support.mozilla.org/questions/new/desktop/fix-problems

I think that might improve your browsing experience more than making futile demands and expressing resigned bitterness. When was the last time that did any good??

Hi cltaylor12, you mentioned a handful of problems affecting your Firefox 48.0.2. Why not start a new question and see whether a support volunteer can help you solve them? https://support.mozilla.org/questions/new/desktop/fix-problems I think that might improve your browsing experience more than making futile demands and expressing resigned bitterness. When was the last time that did any good??
Tyler Downer
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Mac 10.6 was released in 2009. It hasn't received an update from Apple since 2011, which means the OS is terribly out of date and vulnerable to attack. Continuing to support old versions of an OS not only costs development time and money but it actually forces us to not use more modern types of software development practices, resulting in a less ideal situation for users who have more modern OS's the overwhelming percentage of users

Mac 10.6 was released in 2009. It hasn't received an update from Apple since 2011, which means the OS is terribly out of date and vulnerable to attack. Continuing to support old versions of an OS not only costs development time and money but it actually forces us to not use more modern types of software development practices, resulting in a less ideal situation for users who have more modern OS's the overwhelming percentage of users