Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?
Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?
Chosen solutionby kbrosnan
Sorry but there will not be a Firefox 4 64-bit build for Windows. There are nightly builds at http://nightly.mozilla.org. The builds are unsupported, may be more unstable than the 32-bit version. You will be limited to 64-bit plugins. Some plugins such as MS Silverlight do not have 64-bit version (so Netflix will not work in 64 bit mode). It is recommended that you use the 32 bit version at http://www.firefox.com/rc.Read this answer in context 47
Probably, you should leave it for user`s choice? Why Linux user can use 64 bit version and you have no arguments about plugins or whatever else? Using Minefield 64 bit now and found it works better than 32 bit firefox, less memory hangs and no big problems even with beta versions. Flash is also now available in 64 bit version. Very strange decision...Go to answer 101
Going along with nesterenko, at least its nice that there are nightly builds but it would be really nice if there was an official release. The whole plugin argument is a chicken and egg dilemma. Plugin makers won't make 64-bit plugins if there are no 64-bit browser and browser makers won't make 64-bit browsers if there are no 64-bit plugins. Well we now have 64-bit flash and 64-bit java. If I want silverlight that badly I could use a 32-bit browser on the side. But I highly doubt there was some huge survey done where the majority of firefox's users used it for netflix only. 64-bit is no longer the future; it is here, it is now, it is relevant. People have 64-bit computers and 64-bit operating systems and are getting tired of the 32-bit performance they get out of firefox. Firefox hogs so much memory so why not officially support a 64-bit version that way people can satisfy the gluttonous memory urges that Firefox inherently has? It seems only natural.Go to answer 157
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It's already very hard to keep up with plugins that don't work after upgrading (either because they don't or the version check says so). Many developers are already accustomed to being on top of this. That said, 64-bit should at least be an option for them. I only recently upgraded to FireFox 5. I used 4 because some plugins wouldn't work with 5. Just recently discovered it's not too hard to have multiple FireFox installations. So now instead of an unhappy medium of 4, I have 3.6 and 5 installed. I already had 2 separate profiles on the same Firefox 4. They serve 2 different purposes (different plugins and profiles). I even use them side by side in separate processes with the -no-remote parameter. I say let 64-bit move forward and let the plugins catch up. Businesses and schools often have outdated systems and hardly use plugins anyway.
The 64 version of firefox can be found here [http://nightly.mozilla.org/]
Now there is a 64 bit version of adobe flash and silverlight, both stills in beta, but I think it will work. You can use a nightly build.
Adobe Flash labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11.html
Modified by eldavid39
Also Java 64-bit
Hurray, 64-bit Silverlight. Soon Mozilla will run out of excuses as to why there's no OFFICIAL release and only preview builds.
Mozilla will be lagging, soon we'll be using flash 11 and silverlight 5. Users will be able to get their netflix fix in 64-bit. Since the average user won't be hunting down test builds people might just be installing other browsers.
Modified by 64bitisimportant
try pale moon. it's firefox + optimizations, for both x86 and x64.
you'll have to manually copy your firefox profile from %APPDATA%\Mozilla to %APPDATA%\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon, then it works fine.
there's also waterfox, which seems to be a bit more compatible with stock firefox.
Unlike many of the posters here, I'm not an Ubergeek who has lots of time to play with browsers. I teach internet courses, so I need a stable browser. I HATE Explorer, but I am afraid I will have to resort to it. I have a 64 bit machine, and Firefox is sometimes unstable or all too often slow as hell. Java is iffy. I can't afford to mess around like this. It's costing me too much time and occasionally functionality. I kept looking for a 64 bit Firefox, and I'm stunned & dismayed that there just isn't one. I don't know who I am more angry with - Mozilla or Explorer!
Okay, so FF8 is not 64 bit? And many links on Fox News do not work because of that or seemingly because of that... is that a Java issue (wrong Java, 64 bit not working with ver 8 of FF?) or something else. I don't like IE but the 'comment' section of all articles on FoxNews "does" show up in IE and so it goes.
FF needs to get a 64 bit going... thanks