There's a very good reason why developers shouldn't just work on the latest hardware. If you're preoducing Freeware or PD or something similar then you can afford to restrict your work to a small section. However, if you're developing commercial software then it's silly to limit your potential sales by so doing unless you have a very good reason.
In this case, since Peter is asking for subscriptions I'd put Firefox into the commercial category. Not because it fits into the normal definition but simply because he's asking for money and any restrictions on end users limits his potential donors. Possibly the reason for his limiting it to the Iyonix may be because he has doubts about the new version being fast enough to be useable on a RiscPC and wants to avoid dissapointing people. If this is the case, then it might be better if he says so rather than declare it "Iyonix only" because, as has already been pointed out, the Iyonix is not the fastest machine, so by so doing he's ruling out a very large potential customer base.
However, if it's because, as has also been suggested, it's because he intends to use hardware specific code then that's very different.
The third possibility is because he's developing on an Iyonix and doesn't want to take money up front for other machines even though it might work OK.
I think it might be a good thing if Peter would explain his reasons as that would enable prospective donors to make a rational decision. It might also diminish some of the speculation (though not stop it - that would take a small atomic device) and hence save him the trouble of dealing with it.
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