so I've been doing some digging, and I've downloaded the first release of mozilla source code. I'm trying to build it in sheepshaver using codewarrior 4 pro. Ultimately my goal is to try and hack something that will handle HTTPs so that I can at least navigate to web sites that I currently can't see on my classic mac. maybe even

I'm following the build instructions here: http://marc.info/?l=mozilla-documentation&m=90222373931141

About half way down that page, there are a list of downloads necessary to get Mozilla to build. The problem I'm running into is that after significant digging, I've been able to find alternate links and download all of the dependencies except for 3...

the three I'm missing are:

  1. CWASTEEdit: http://www.bact.wisc.edu/CWASTEEdit/CWASTEEdit.sit.hqx
  2. Menu Sharing Toolkit: ftp://ftp.scripting.com/userland/menuSharingToolkit4.1.sit.hqx
  3. ToolFrontEnd: ftp://dev.apple.com/devworld/Periodicals/develop/develop25/develop_Issue_25_code/ToolFrontEnd.sit.hqx

(obviously the above links are long expired...)

I've managed to find a CWaste 1.0 and later MenuSharing toolkits but they are the wrong versions, so I'm unsure if they will build properly.. if anyone knows where I can locate the versions specified that would be very helpful.

The biggest roadblock however, is the one from apple: 'ToolFrontEnd'. I've got nothing on this one. Does anyone know of an archive of apple's devworld periodicals from 1998?

Edit: I've created a web page detailing my efforts: http://andrew.colchagoff.com/netscape/

  • Not to discourage you from trying to do this, but you do know about the Classzilla project, right? Runs on Mac OS 8.6 and 9. I'm sure they'd love additional contributors! Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 10:46
  • I'm aware of Classzilla, but all of my mac retrocomputing is on 68k macs running system 7. so Classzilla doesn't really do me any good. However, downloading the Classzilla source might turn up some of these dependencies. Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 13:24
  • Well, as far as I know, even the oldest version of the Mozilla Project (including pre-release versions) requires a PPC processor running 8.6 (or maybe 8.5?), so even if you can get this to compile, I doubt it will help much on your 68k machines. You'd have to make significant changes to the source code. iCab used to run on 68k machines, and is still available for download, but not open-sourced, unfortunately. I'm not sure if there are any other options. Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 14:04
  • You're probably right, but I'm thinking I want to start with the oldest version possible. there aren't really any other options. my goals aren't strictly utilitarian, I'm an experienced web developer so the source code of Netscape 5 interests me. Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 15:08
  • Hi! @ThomasEngelmeier is this your website? web.archive.org/web/20020204014027/http://engelmeier.com:80/… can you help me Find ToolFrontEnd? Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 14:04

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Obviously the above links are long expired...

The original links may have expired, but the Internet Archive made a copy of CWASTEEdit.

The Internet Archive does not archive ftp sites, so the file must be found elsewhere. It seems that ftp://dev.apple.com/ has only disappeared relatively recently - many text files still refer to it. Many mirrors have been made of individual sections, but I haven't yet found any containing the devworld periodicals.

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    Good find on the CWASTEEdit, I put at least an hour into archive.org last night looking for that one, but everything ended with an FTP link. Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 22:00
  • I did find this on archive.org which mentions some CD's... web.archive.org/web/19970615134644/http://… Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 22:06
  • @Denodster Good find - I spent much of the time looking for the http equivalent of devworld and thought it would be developer.apple.com.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Jul 4, 2017 at 6:03
  • Found something! web.archive.org/web/20020204014027/http://engelmeier.com:80/… it turns out the project was forked and renamed ToolPostLinker. but If i can find a download for ToolPostLinker that may work instead. Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 23:07
  • @denodster That would effectively be a newer version, and forks are often less concerned about backwards-compatibility so it might not work. However, it's almost definitely better than nothing. Well done!
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 9:08

I found everything I needed, but the hunting was tough. I've uploaded all of the dependancies as well as the documentation of what I've done so far here:


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