Latest Version of 64-Bit Firefox Variant 'Waterfox' Available for Download

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wildbill5891

There is also a 64bit version of firefox called Pale Moon.  Internet Explorer also has a 64bit browser.

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btrapp

The linux distros have been 64 bit for ages, the above 32 bit comment is windows-only right?  Or am I missing something?

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d3v

Yep you are right. I always thought it was 32bit. But I checked and its 64bit:

@homebase:/usr/lib64/firefox> file firefox-bin
firefox-bin: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.4, stripped

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hmp_goose

As badly behaved at Firefox gets at ~1GB of memory usage, I'm hopeing WaterFox is some kind of improvment. And that's out of 12GB on the system.

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herochild

I think I still prefer Pale Moon (an optimized build of Firefox that also has a 64 bit version)

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Cy-Kill

I was using Pale Moon, and decided to try Waterfox, turns out, this starts up faster than Pale Moon does, as well as some other things.

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abowlofsoda

I like it.  Starts up faster and my YouTube videos aren't freezing up anymore.   Used to freeze up when I would drag a tab off and drop it on my other monitor.

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the_blur

To this day I wonder why the abscence of a 64-bit browser is an issue ... do you really want your browser to take up more than 4 gigs of ram? What practical difference will a 64 bit browser make?

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compro01

Running a 32-bit executable on a 64-bit operating system entails a (small) performance hit as the processor has to be switched between 32-bit and 64-bit operation, in addition to pointer translation and other compatibility overhead.

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Cy-Kill

64-bit is the next step up from 32-bit, people said the same thing when 32-bit started to show up, and when 128-bit shows up, people will still say the same thing.

 

Off-topic: love your "Smallville" reference!

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loozer

There has been a 64 bit firefox nightly since 3.8

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Cy-Kill

But it's not an official released build, it's more of a test build.  See my comment below.

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t.y.wan

Is Nightly not considered being an "official" build?

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Cy-Kill

No, it's unofficial, until Mozilla says otherwise, but with the popularity -- even if currently small -- the alternative 64-bit versions of Firefox have a following; this should force Mozilla into releasing an official build alongside the 32-bit version.

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Cy-Kill

And you're just getting this news now?  It's been available for download since the 20th of December!

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Eoraptor

yeah, I discovered this over on PC World and have been using it ever since

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