Ok, now this posting is a must because there is no way that if you’re still using Tiger 10.4 that you could ignore Cameron Kaiser’s TenFourFox.
Obviously, over the past decade or so, the browser has become the most important software on your computer. We use it for surfing the web, file transfer, watching videos, playing games and so forth. Lack of any modern browser support is likely to be a death sentence for any platform. So naturally, when Apple, Mozilla and all the others announced they wouldn’t support either Tiger and/or the PowerPC architecture anymore with their upcoming browser versions, one man came to the rescue – Cameron Kaiser.
Now most Retro Mac Fans probably heard this name before, as Mr. Kaiser is the mastermind behind Classilla. Classilla is a browser for the good old classic Mac OS that manages to render most pages correctly and allows us to continue using our old OS 8/9 boxes for light web-surfing. And this guy doesn’t even charge a penny for the countless hours he invested into coding. Seriously, this guy is my personal hero.
So why is that important for Tiger users? Well, back in autumn 2010, Cameron started experimenting with backporting Mozilla code (“Firefox”) to the PPC plattform. TenFourFox 4.0 was the result. Essentially a heavily modified Firefox 4, optimized to run on PowerPC Macs with 10.4 Tiger (and 10.5 Leo as well).
As for the future, Cameron plans to continue development as long as the new Mozilla code can be adopted for 10.4 Tiger. But even if one day a backport is no longer possible, TenFourFox will continue to serve us as a great browser that will work with the vast majority of websites for years to come.