When you are planning to install a new web browser on your system, or to upgrade one of the browsers to a newer version, you need to make sure that your system meets the requirements for that. While it is usually not a issue anymore when it comes to hardware requirements, you may notice that it is a completely different story when it comes to supported operating systems for instance. Firefox users on Windows 2000 will for instance notice that they won't be able to update from Firefox 12 to 13 in the near future, as Mozilla has dropped support for that operating system starting with that version of the browser.
For this guide, I have analyzed the system requirements for the following web browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera. The latest browser versions were analyzed, with the exception of Firefox, where I looked at Firefox 13 and not Firefox 11 due to the change in operating system support in that version.
A blank field means either that the operating system is not supported, or that no information have been provided by the company developing the browser.
|Internet Explorer 8||Internet Explorer 9||Firefox|
|Processor Windows||233 Mhz||1-GHz||Pentium 4|
|Min RAM||64 MB (XP)|
|Recommended RAM||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB|
|Min Disk Space||150 MB (XP), 70 (Vista)|
|Rec. Disk Space||70 Mb||70 Mb||200 MB|
|Rec. Disk Space 64-bit||120 MB||120 MB|
|Windows||Windows XP||Windows Vista||Windows XP SP2 (FF 13)|
|OS X||OS X 10.5|
|Processor Windows||Pentium 4||Pentium II||500-MHz Pentium-class|
|Min RAM||128 MB||128 MB||256 MB|
|Recommended RAM||256 MB|
|Min Disk Space||100 MB||20 MB||unknown|
|Rec. Disk Space||100 MB|
|Rec. Disk Space 64-bit|
|Windows||Windows XP SP2||Windows 2000||Windows XP SP2|
|OS X||OS X 10.5.6||Mac OS X 10.5||OS X 10.5.8|
|Linux||Ubuntu 10.04||Any recent||Not available|
|Fedora Linux 14|
With Firefox ending support for Windows 2000, it is only the Opera browser that is still supporting that operating system, at least when it comes to the five most popular browsers in the world market share wise. If you look beyond those five, you will find other browsers, like Maxthon for instance, which supports Windows 2000 as well.
Are you looking through a browser's system requirements before you install it on a computer system, or is that something that you do not care about at all?
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