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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.

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.

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.