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64Bit Firefox Finally Gets Go Ahead

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64bit Firefox Finally Gets Go Ahead

It has been a very long time coming, but 64bit Firefox is finally here...

Well, when I say 'here' what I mean is in the roughest, earliest, least stable, novices-stay-away version possible. Or in other words: an alpha pre-release.

Dubbed Firefox v3.7 (no, not that version 3.7 - GPU rendering is on hold for now), it has hit the testing grounds for developers and brave bleeding edge software hounds.

"We started producing on Friday in an automated manner the 64 bit version of Firefox for Windows," confirmed Firefox head engineer Armen Zambrano. "The purpose of automating these pre-release builds is to allow developers to do work for this architecture and for testers to use the builds and be able to file bugs. Currently, we are producing these builds twice a day and upon request from developers."

How raw exactly is this alpha pre-release? Let's just say it requires a Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package to complete the install and it is Windows only for now. It is also dubbed 'Minefield' for a reason. Sound scary? If the answer is no - go get it. It's your loss for our ultimate benefit.

And no, a shiny, sexy Firefox 4 this isn't just yet...

Link: Armen Zambrano's Blog

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June 4, 2010, 1:16 pm

I don't see what was stopping anyone doing this independently as a fork/branch.


June 4, 2010, 3:05 pm

If there's no 64bit flash, then it's useless for me. Firefox doesn't even have the H264 codec in it so you can't even use html 5 in the few places that works.


June 4, 2010, 3:22 pm

64 bit namoroka - Have used this a few times. Works fine with all my add ons but crucially doesn't have flash, which for me was a deal breaker.

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