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Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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.

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

No, not for Windows.

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

I had read that, at least a year ago, they planned to make a 64 bit version of firefox 4 for windows, did they just give up on that, or are they putting it off for awhile?

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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.

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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...

Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

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.

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

Wtf no 64 bit Windows version, that will make me go back to Internet Exploder, at least they have a 64 bit version.

I seem to remember a promise some time ago, when flash gets 64 bit Firefox will be 64 bit, but I guess that was just a lie.

With the majority of new systems being 64 bit, there is no reason to stay in the stone age anymore.

I love firefox, but I also love my 99% 64 system, Firefox are the 1% left to fix, so if you guys refuse to make a 64 bit Windows version, so be it, I am sure I am not alone, when I say to hell with it, 64 bit M$ Internet Exploder it is then, and the new version 9 runs quite well.

I simply refuse to use 32 bit in a time where 64 bit is the standard, so wehn you guys make a 64 bit version, I might get back, then again I might be so used to IE that I just stay.

No 64 bit version will mean RIP on the long run

Edit: I forgot, so what if a few thousand Netflix users are sacked, if that is the only reason to stay 32 bit, then someone is mentally challenged. It is just a new way of saying nah we cant be arsed to work it out, so we just find some excuse, wait we already used flash, lets use silverlight this time, surely the users will buy it.

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

I'm not in contact with the developers, so it's not easy to say why it is so, but there must be good reasons why 64-bit Firefox isn't being built for Windows. Right? However, yesterday/today wasn't a good day to go Minefield. :)

ps. IMO, also, it's completely ridiculous not to have it. xd

pps. For some reason the nightly web page didn't link to the latest release for me! The one from this morning doesn't have the visual elements broken: 25-Mar-2011 06:53 12M

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

It is slated for Firefox 5 although it seems like even that is TBD. https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Roadmap#Product_Priorities_for_2011

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Re: Will Firefox 4 have a 64-bit version?

Sakamoto, what are you talking about?

First off, there is no 64 bit version of Flash Player released, there's only the Flash Player "Square" preview that was released before 10.2, hasn't been updated in 5 months and is probably full of bugs and vulnerabilities.

64 bit Internet Exploder 9? Read this blog post by IE developer Eric Law : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2009/05/29/q-a-64-bit-internet-explorer.aspx Microsoft made it because they had to, There is no JIT compiler for 64bit and 32bit IE9 runs up to 4 times as fast as 64bit IE9. They purposely made it so 64bit IE9 cant be set as default because too many things dont work with it, and even the IE developer cant find a true benefit to using 64bit IE.

Similar things apply to the 64bit version of WMP 12 that is hidden away in the Program files without a start menu shortcut and even with office 2010 the 32-bit version is installed by default and 64-bit is recommended only if you have to deal with files larger than 2 gigabytes