[tbb-bugs] #13654 [Tor Browser]: Drop Windows platform for Firefox based Tor Browser

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#13654: Drop Windows platform for Firefox based Tor Browser
 Reporter:  cypherpunks  |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect       |         Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |      Milestone:
Component:  Tor Browser  |        Version:
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 The Tor Browser is based on Mozilla's Extended Support Release (ESR)
 Firefox branch. Firefox is lesser of two evils, bad for security and
 anonymity but better than nothing. Except Windows platform, where it
 broken totally. Mozilla using Visual Studio (proprietary M$ poisoned
 closed source) software to build browser, it have no support for GCC
 (MinGW port) without additional patches. Nobody except Tor developers
 tries to produce MinGW port of browser for distribute purpose. And Tor
 project have no resources to support MinGW builds properly. See #13443 and
 #13558 for example.

 Every efforts to support MinGW builds of Firefox based browser is yet more
 waste of resources.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/13654>
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