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New Mac Firefox users wait for native support

The Mozilla Foundation aims to have a version of its open-source Firefox web browser that will run on Apple’s new Intel-based PCs available in March.

The Mozilla Foundation aims to have a version of its open-source Firefox web browser that will run on Apple’s new Intel-based PCs available in March.

The Firefox 1.5.0.2 update is being designed to run on the Mac OS X operating system running on Intel-driven Macs natively.

Apple started selling its first PCs equipped with Intel chips last week, after starting its planned migration away from IBM’s PowerPC chips.

Until the Firefox update is ready, it is recommended that Intel Mac users who want Firefox now should run the PowerPC Mac OS X version of Firefox, using Apple’s Rosetta coding technology.

Rosetta is a transcoding tool which allows programs written for PowerPC to run on Intel-based Macs.

Microsoft is currently re-writing its Mac Office suite to run efficiently on the new Mac platform. Until the suite is re-written, Mac Office users also have to use Rosetta when using the software on Intel PCs.

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