Too many major websites are using features that in-effect are "walking away from" my old OS 10.3.9 and Firefox 2. (That is, my favorite browser, and its available plugins and extensions, are starting to no longer render some common websites properly, or at all.) I would like to experiment with alternative browsers but do not know which ones have archived "antique" versions that can be downloaded and installed on such an old Mac. Any advice (apart from "Upgrade to 10.4...")? My machine is a PowerPC "iMac" -- the version with the white half-sphere base and the moderately thick flat-screen on a "stalk" -- sort of like the movie "Wall-E" but with a rounded body.


"Upgrade" is going to be the standard answer. Your computer is over 10 years old now, has a slower processor and less memory than my phone, and is well into the timeframe where it can be expected to stop working without notice. If you still have the original disk drive, it is now at twice it's expected service life. But of course you have a backup.

Most software vendors do have old-version archives, but you have to dig for them. Most websites do not maintain compatible versions - mine certainly do not, I cut off at IE9 and I do not test older versions of Chrome, Firefox etc. I'm a bit surprised this site runs on Firefox 2.

You can get a brand-new Air or iMac for $1000. For twice that you can put a 27 inch model on your desk, either one running the latest of everything. And you're good for another decade.

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    I am a bit in the camp of the "Retro-Computers" afficionados. I have a number of reasons for continuing to work with that >10-year-old. What I was hoping for with my question was some specific pointers to URLs for non-Firefox browser "archived installation files", hopefully with specifics about which Mac OS X version was the "topmost" for each of the available browser versions, still on file. Can anyone suggest any such sites, please? – DLPres May 9 '15 at 4:18

You should upgrade. But since you don't want to upgrade, here's a couple of alternatives (I haven't tried any of these):

  • TenFourFox - a port of Firefox 31 to Leopard/Tiger. Your iMac is (from the description you gave) a G4.
  • Camino - which is no longer developed.
  • iCab (version 4.9 works on OS X 10.3.9), which is shareware

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