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3.0 x86 Official (blue) vs 3.1alpha2 x64 (red) (w/ jemalloc), shorter is better   (Source: Mozilla wiki)

Windows Vista x64 jemalloc enabled or disabled (32-bit in blue, 64-bit in red, shorter is better).  (Source: Mozilla wiki)
Will Mozilla catch up with Internet Explorer?

Mozilla's Firefox browser does not lead Microsoft's Internet Explorer in market share, but it does lead in other ways.  The new 3.5 version of Firefox introduced last week offers support for the latest standards, including HTML 5, XHTML, and SVG graphics -- all of which stock installs of Internet Explorer 8 do not support.

However, Mozilla does trail Internet Explorer 8 in one respect -- Mozilla has not offered an official 64-bit version of its software.  One developer is working to catch Mozilla up, though.  Since 2008 a contributor who goes by the screen name Makoto has ported Firefox 3.0, and now 3.5 to 64-bit editions.  He has announced recently that he plans to contribute the 64-bit versions for 3.6 and up, which may mean that Firefox will at last get an official 64-bit build.

Advantages of the transition to 64-bit include faster speeds on pages using encryption, fast-call type function calls, and more efficient memory mapping of large files.  Initial benchmarks from the 64-bit build show impressive gains in certain applications.

A notable downside of the patch for Firefox 3.5 is that it breaks Mozilla's plug-in system, which relies on a 32-bit architecture.  However, Mozilla has talked recently of adding official 64-bit support in the near future, so this will likely be addressed shortly.

Google's Chrome also is not offered in 64-bit versions.  Apple's Safari 4 browser is offered in a 64-bit version (and is the first Safari browser to add official 64-bit support).  Opera is offered in 64-bit for Linux and OpenBSD operating systems, but is only offered in 32-bit form for Windows.  Within about 4-5 years all of these are expected to jump to 64-bit as the next version of Windows (after Windows 7) is expected to only be offered in 64-bit form, though legacy support for 32-bit software will almost surely be included.

Anyone who wants to take 64-bit Firefox 3.5 out for a spin is suggested to back up their profile, as the build will use the same profile as your current installation.  It should also be noted that the build only works with 64-bit operating systems such as those based on the Windows x64 platform, like the 64-bit build of Windows 7 Release Candidate.

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RE: Huh? We've had 64-bit Firefox for ages
By 67STANG on 7/6/2009 4:09:45 PM , Rating: 2
Try teaching most 20-somethings in I.T. anything in DOS for that matter.

My company had to use me to migrate from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007 because it takes extensive DOS commands (stsadm.exe FTW). The two I.T. people in the company barely knew how to open a command prompt. Pathetic.

By stromgald30 on 7/6/2009 6:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hey! I'm 20-something and I setup up two new SharePoint 2007 Servers just last year with plenty of stsadm.exe usage to migrate large chunks of data. Not all of us are afraid of the command prompt. In fact, I probably use it about twice a week on average for various reasons.

You just have to either find people who were willing to learn (like me) or are hardcore CS majors / computer geeks (like many other 20-somethings I know that regularly use the command prompt).

The problem is that IT has become so commonplace and because many of the tasks are fairly menial that you get a lot of sub-standard workers. I always hate going to my company's IT dept. for help. I think about 95% of them know less than me about computers and networking.

RE: Huh? We've had 64-bit Firefox for ages
By ClownPuncher on 7/6/2009 7:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
Alot of late 20's-early 30's people grew up in DOS. Now we get our fix with DOS emulators!

By PhoenixKnight on 7/6/2009 11:16:22 PM , Rating: 3
There were some damn good DOS games out there that are still fun to this day. In fact, I was just playing Fantasy General a few hours ago in Dosbox.

By MrPoletski on 7/7/2009 9:24:54 AM , Rating: 2

plus I often end up just using the command prompt so I don't have to deal with so much clicking through areas.

typing winkey+r 'cmd' -> enter then

cd \program files\steam\steamapps\common\left4dead\l4d
type config.cfg

can be a lot quicker than farting around through multiple windows finding where that directory that you need is in a list of 500 four times over. Possibly being forced to change the view type or sort mode and such.

I can also do things like FC a.txt b.txt and do a binary file compare in a few seconds. How do I do that in windows?

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