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I'm not nearly ready to buy a new computer. How can I keep using Firefox 16?

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Hi,

I have an I-MAC 10.5.8 and am not about to purchase a new computer anytime soon. How can I keep using Firefox 16?

Additional System Details

This happened

A few times a week

This started when...

Months ago

Installed Plug-ins

  • LogMeIn remote control components
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r183

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0

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Following up on the Firefox prompt to switch to new computer.

ideato
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Hello karenMACOS10.5, your mac with 16.x will continue to work but, you will no longer receive stability and security updates for Firefox.

see: Firefox no longer works with Mac OS X 10.5

from Firefox 17 , 10.5 mac is unsupported


thank you

leopard1 0 solutions 1 answers

I have a Mac 0S X 10.5.8 and am confused by the message saying that Firefox won't receive 'stability and security updates', although Firefox 16 is still suppored.

To clarify - Is Firefox 16 still secure for me to use? When will Firefox 17 be launched? And if I upgrade my Mac to Lion software (which I'm planning to do, but not immediately), will that work?

Thank you!

cor-el
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Firefox 16 versions are the last that work with Mac OS X 10.5

Firefox 17 works with OS X 10.6 and later

Firefox 17 will be released on November 20, 2012

AliceWyman
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Helpful Reply

You asked,

 Is Firefox 16 still secure for me to use? 

Right now Firefox 16 has the latest security fixes but it won't get future fixes. On November 20th, Firefox will end support for users operating Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). After this date, users will stop receiving Firefox updates, including new features and security fixes.

When will Firefox 17 be launched? 

November 20th, according to the release calendar.

And if I upgrade my Mac to Lion software (which I'm planning to do, but not immediately), will that work? 

Yes. The Firefox 17 system requirements listed for Mac include OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion) and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).


More information:
Here is a list of security vulnerabilities fixed in released versions of Firefox, for reference (you can check this page when Firefox 17 is released):

Here is a link to the Firefox 17 release notes (currently in Beta) showing what new improvements will be made:

Modified by AliceWyman