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#1 1941

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:19

http://news.cnet.com...it-development/

Mozilla engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg has asked developers to stop nightly builds for Firefox on 64-bit versions of Windows.

A developer thread posted on the Google Groups mozilla.dev.planning discussion board, titled "Turning off win64 builds" by Smedberg proposed the disabling of the Windows 64-bit nightly builds for Firefox.

Citing reasons that Firefox 64-bit is a "constant source of misunderstanding and frustration," the engineer wrote that the builds often crash, many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions, and hangs are more common due to a lack of coding which causes plugins to function incorrectly. In addition, Smedberg argues that this causes users to feel "second class," and crash reports between 32-bit and 64-bit versions are difficult to distinguish between for the stability team.

Although willing to shelve the idea for a time if proven controversial -- as some developers disagreed with the idea -- Smedberg later said that:

The engineer then posted a thread titled "Disable windows 64 builds" on Bugzilla, asking developers to "stop building windows [sic] 64 builds and tests." These include the order to stop building Windows 64-bit nightly builds and repatriate existing Windows 64-bit nightly users onto Windows 32-bit builds using a custom update.

In order to stave off argument, even though one participant suggested that 50 percent of nightly testers were using the system, perhaps as an official 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows has never been released, Smedberg said it was "not the place to argue about this decision, which has already been made."


Another stupid move by Mozilla.


#2 ArialBlue

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:24

Mozilla = A dying breed of stupid

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:25

http://www.neowin.ne...ows-os-canceled

#4 OP 1941

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:34

http://www.neowin.net/news/firefox-for-64-bit-windows-os-canceled


I do not read the front page.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:40

Kind of a stupid move considering 64bit is becoming more standard nowadays. Do any processors from the last 4-5 years not support 64bit instructions?
I think it would be better for Mozilla if they found a compromise. Windows can work with 32bit and 64bit programs, why can't a browser do the same with its addons.

#6 ArialBlue

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:47

Don't worry guys when Mozilla will integrate social features into their browser, all the users will crawl back /s

#7 Kane

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 15:50

I do not read the front page.

Others do and a link to the discussion already ongoing might be useful to others.

#8 OP 1941

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:36

Don't worry guys when Mozilla will integrate social features into their browser, all the users will crawl back /s


In Beta 18 which I am using they are integrated if you want it. I have no use for them.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:40

typical of that hive-mind.... they spend more time arguing instead of innovating....

#10 Hum

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:40

Shame -- this is one area where 'progress' would be appreciated.

#11 OP 1941

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:43

Even Opera has come out with a 64 Bit Browser. Mozilla is trying to make a Cloud OS?? Whatever Google does , Mozilla is not far behind...

#12 seta-san

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 16:43

i have a much better idea. How about they shut down the 32bit version?

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 19:13

I've been running Nightly x64 for the last 2 years, and I can count how many times it has crashed or there have been incompatibilities with addons on five fingers of a hand... plugins is another story, but that's because plugins are useless shyte anyways.

#14 Sub_Zero_Alchemist

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 20:55

i have a much better idea. How about they shut down the 32bit version?


How about a no, no offense, 32 bits is not going anywhere soon until MS makes a 64 bits only OS.

#15 ArialBlue

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 21:24

How about a no, no offense, 32 bits is not going anywhere soon until MS makes a 64 bits only OS.

XP was the first 64-bit OS
Grow up