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There are free, legacy-compatible operating systems (Linux) that have modern browsers and work on a huge range of hardware.

Creating sites that are compatible with super-old browsers is costly, and makes development of things like JS based webapps either complex or not even possible.

Why should we spend money or time fixing things for a tiny percentage of the population who have options?

Well, that's why it's not the case that every application and website should worry about it. Which is why the OP's project is so nice: it abstracts the problem into an emulator, so one person can worry about it and solve it for (to a first approximation) all sites on the one side and all legacy browsers on the other side.

Do you really think these modern browsers work on a huge range of legacy hardware?

A good enough range. They'd run on a $25 Raspberry Pi.

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