Mozilla Abandons 64-Bit Firefox Development for Windows for Now
November 22, 2012 11:17 AM
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Decision leaves Opera and Microsoft with the only 64-bit browsers, though Google will soon join the pack
Fans of the non-profit
waited... and waited...
and waited more still, for Mozilla's popular Firefox browser to add 64-bit support. With pickup of
of Microsoft Corp.'s (
) Windows operating system
, it certainly seemed a 64-bit browser would be just around the corner.
Instead Mozilla has made the curious decision to pull the plug on the long-delayed project, while offering only small clues as to why the decision was made.
The announcement was posted by Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg
on the Bugzilla development page
. He ordered Mozilla employees and community developers:
Please stop building windows 64 builds and tests.
As for why the he opted to pull the plug on 64-bit for now, he comments, "Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions. The plugins that are available don’t work correctly in Firefox because we haven’t implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common."
Firefox 64-bit development is dead for now. [Image Source: Flickr/dimnikolov]
Mozilla may soon find itself in lonely territory.
With Oracle Corp.'s (
) Java and Adobe Systems Inc.'s (
64-bit Windows plug-ins, both Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 and Opera Software ASA (
) have made the leap to 64-bit. Meanwhile Google Inc.'s (
) Chrome, one of the
most popular browsers
due to its clean UI and
strong GPU acceleration
, has added 64-bit support in Linux and is
in the process
of porting its changes to Windows.
In other words, soon Mozilla may be the only browser maker without a 64-bit browser.
Of course, Windows compatibility libraries ensure 32-bit applications (like Firefox) can still run on 64-bit Windows. But there is a small performance penalty associated.
For that reason one has to wonder whether Mozilla might come to regret its decision to halt development, even if it is only a temporary one.
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11/26/2012 11:53:17 AM
How Windows is still going through these 64-bit teething problems. Like the slow kid, Windows is years behing the rest of the class. UNIX and even Linux had production 64-bit OS's back in the mid 1990's. I know, I used to be a UNIX admin in the late 90's of a farm of DEC Alphas. And Apple OSX went full 64-bit back in 2007.
Like remember when Pentium Pro came out, and all other OS's were fully 32 bit, while Windows was still 16-bit (with a few silly 32 bit extensions). Why is Windows always so far behind the times?
Linux at least you can install all the 32-bit libraries on a 64-bit system, and seamlessly run 32-bit apps, plugins, whatever on a 64-bit OS. OSX is the same, 32 bit apps run seamlessly on 64-bit OS, no tweaking, no dicking around. Why can't Windows do this???
RE: it's cute
11/27/2012 11:21:16 AM
How is FF dumping 64 bit in any way a problem with Windows when every other browsers have 64 bit version?
RE: it's cute
11/27/2012 1:36:30 PM
Because FF is dumping 64 bit Windows specifically because of the technical problems of dealing with 64 bit Windows. It's all in the article.
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