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Firefox 4 Beta 12

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Click for Firefox 4 Beta site

The Beta 12 of Firefox 4 is now officially available, click the image above or visit the firefox beta site to get it.

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Firefox 4 beta 13 pre available on Nightly.. Or Not.

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The official Firefox 4 beta offering is still at beta 11, but head on over to the nightly build.. and it’s showing as beta 13 pre – so does this mean beta 12 is done, and will be available soon?

Firefox Beta 13 pre on Nightly Build..

Yes and No.. Remember, there is no fixed schedule for the release of Beta 12..
In an statement on the Google group Mozilla.Dev.Planning, Christian Legnitto, Firefox Release Manager, says beta 13 is a versioning bug..

No Beta 13..

Firefox 4 Approaches RC?

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

7 patches to RC?

In a twitter post by Dotzler, Director of Community Development, Mozilla Corp, it looks like the beta 12 release of firefox 4, which is currently available as a pre release from the nightly build, will go live soon.
You can read in the the Beta Schedule that beta 11 had 14 serious bugs, but click the link, and there seem to be zero outstading..

Ship eleventh revision of beta, with more betaN+ hardblockers fixed (14 betaN+ hardblockers not fixed)

Keep an eye on firefox.com/beta for the official release of beta 12 and CanWeShipYet? for a coundown to the RC.

Namoroka 64bit Firefox Update – 3.6.3 Available

April 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Namoroka and Mozilla-x86-64

Namoroka was the development codename for Firefox 3.6, The Mozilla-x86-64 project provides custom 64 bit builds of Firefox, unofficially.

A new build of the 64 bit Firefox 3.6, Namoroka has been updated to 3.6.3 and is available to download. Some security flaws in 3.6 build of Firefox have been patched.

64 bit Firefox 4 beta 12 – a Minefield..

The people over at Mozilla-x86-64 have also compiled the latest Firefox 4 into 64 bit windows versions, however at the time of writing, the most up-to-date version you can download is the Firefox 4 beta 12.
Read my earlier post on your options for Firefox on 64bit systems.

The Official Firefox download is available as a 32bit app, which is great, and that will run on 64 bit system, including Windows 7 64 bit, but in a special 32bit mode, and really defeats the benefits of a 64 bit OS.

You can read the official Mozilla.org articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.

Namoroka 64bit Firefox Update – 3.6.2 Available

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Namoroka and Mozilla-x86-64

A new build of the 64 bit Firefox project, Namoroka has a 3.6.2 release available to download. Read my earlier post on x64 Firefox development for more info on Firefox on 64 bit systems.
Some security flaws in 3.6 build of Firefox have been patched.

64 bit Firefox 4 beta 12 – a Minefield..

The people over at Mozilla-x86-64 have also compiled the latest Firefox 4 into 64 bit windows versions, however at the time of writing, the most up-to-date version you can download is the Firefox 4 beta 12.
Read my earlier post on your options for Firefox on 64bit systems.

The Official Firefox download is available as a 32bit app, which is great, and that will run on 64 bit system, including Windows 7 64 bit, but in a special 32bit mode, and really defeats the benefits of a 64 bit OS.

You can read the official Mozilla.org articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.

64-bit Firefox – Namoroka or Nightly builds..

January 31, 2010 4 comments

Running Mozilla x64 / 64 bit Web Browser

Running a 64 bit version of windows and want a native 64 bit version of Firefox?

Well, the people behind Firefox – Mozilla – have decided to only release a 32 bit version of Firefox. You can read their own official articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.

Now, I run Windows 7 64 bit, (or x64, the term is interchangeable,) on an Intel i7. The CPU is designed to shift 64 bit numbers and so I want it to reach it’s full potential by running 64 bit software.

Mozilla x86-64

Windows 7 comes with IE in 32 and 64 bit versions, and although officially Firefox hasn’t got a 64 bit version, there’s an unofficial project to build popular Mozilla apps for x64 systems, including the popular web browser, Firefox for 32bit systems.

Firefox 3.6 was codenamed Namoroka.

Namoroka running as 64 bit process

Namoroka running native 64bit

If you install it, remember it’s not an official project and not officially supported, but it’s compiled from the same source-code.

You should install the x64 version of Java if you haven’t already, and be aware that if you use AVG the searchshield and surfshield plugin will not recognise these builds and the plugins will not be available.

64 bit Firefox 4 beta 12 – a Minefield..

The people over at Mozilla-x86-64 have compiled some of the latest Firefox versions into 64 bit windows versions, however at the time of writing, the most up-to-date version you can download is the custom Firefox 4 beta 12, not the fully patched release version. Visit http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/Firefox:Download

This version is known as Minefield, and is important to understand they are supplying pre-release builds. Visit https://www.mozilla.org/projects/minefield/ for more information.

It's a Minefield..

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Nightly Build

Another pre-release Minefield version of Firefox is available from the official Mozilla nightly build website https://nightly.mozilla.org/ but this time it’s a future release, not an old build.

The currently available x64 Minefield build is 4.2 alpha 1 – alpha releases are often buggy, pre-release versions, but it’s these crash reports and bug fixes that give birth to the next update to Firefox. Visit https://www.mozilla.org/projects/minefield/ and get involved.

Improving Website Compatibility

For some websites that check UserAgent strings to enable features or allow access, you may need to change the UserAgent string of Namoroka or a Minefield build. There is a Firefox plugin for it available – user-agent-switcher.

At the time of writing, ALL plug-ins are 32bit, with the exception of the Java Runtime Environment – JRE; version 6 update 18 supports the 64bit Firefox, as shown below and Java Runtime 6.24 is now available.

Firefox Namoroka Plugins

Firefox Namoroka Plugins

It is a feature of Firefox 4 to support a separate plugin ‘container’ – a separate process and address space for plugins to run. This is a security feature, it also SHOULD allows 32bit plugins to run under a 64bit version of firefox..

I don’t know yet if the automatic updates feature works, as this is the first release of 3.6, or if you would need to visit the homepage to check yourself. EDIT: Version 3.6.2 is just out – let me know if it auto updated for you.

Open Source

You may not like the idea that you are reliant on individuals to compile new versions for you, but the whole open source idea created this 64bit version and excellent spin-offs like Firefox Portable.

Quick Links

Mozilla.org
No 64bit Firefox on Windows 7, yet
Get the latest Java version from FileHippo.com
Firefox 4 beta 12 pre x64 from Mozilla-x86-64
Firefox Nightly Builds from Mozilla.org
Mozilla Minefield – Get Involved
UserAgent Switcher plugin.