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Firefox 9 64-bit Released on Nightly..

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So the main Firefox build, currently v6.0.2, is still only available as a 32-bit exe on Windows.

But feel like treading the alpha infested waters of Nightly, and version 9 in full 64-bit form can be downloaded.
Version numbers for Nightly builds are not always accurate.

Nightly Build

So the Nightly build is the most recent code, the alpha stages of the next Firefox; the basis of the next RC. Nightly’s are released without any testing.

It very clearly states on the site that the binaries are for testing purposes only, but I’ve not had a problem with Plug-In or Add-On incompatibility, and no crashes yet.
If you do important work, you know not to install it on your main Dev machine..

And it looks the same as v6, and v5. To be honest, since they went crazy with the naming, I haven’t actually noticed anything new over the v4 release.. But v9 will one day have a brand new User Experience.

About Nightly 9.01a

x86-64

So, if like me, you have a 64-bit version of windows, and you want to run 64-bit versions of your software, at the risk of instability, go ahead and download and install a Nightly build.
If you have a 32-bit system, I say stick to the stable Firefox releases, or the slightly less stable betas.

v9 doesn’t really provide anything over v5 or v6, but it’s native.

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.