Waterfox 10.0.1

Waterfox | The fastest 64-Bit variant of Firefox!

Waterfox is a 64-Bit version of Firefox. The Firefox source code is taken and compiled to run specifically for 64-Bit Windows computers. To make Waterfox stand out a bit more, it’s compiled with optimizations so that it will run more efficiently and faster than just compiling Firefox as a 64-Bit program. For some people with older systems, the 64-Bit version loads quicker and is much more responsive than the 32-Bit build.

How does it compare to 32-Bit Firefox?
In benchmarks, the 64-Bit variant of Firefox out-performs the 32-Bit variant. Also because this variant is being built specifically for Windows, there might be further performance increases.

Were there any optimisations made?
Yes, Waterfox was compiled with SSE, SSE2, x64 favoring and the following optimisation flags: /Og /Oi /Ot /Oy /Ob2 /Gs /GF /Gy

What's new in Waterfox 10.0.1?

  • Security fixes can be found here.
  • Java applets sometimes caused text input to become unresponsive (bug 718939)

Download: Waterfox 10.0.1 | 16.1 MB (Open Source)
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Unfortunately,
The internal updater is where I have issues with this browser and Palemoon!

Neither of those browsers internal updaters have worked but one time.

Again I had to reboot Windows 7 (x64) to complete the upgrade from 10.0 to 10.0.1? What is this BS? Only thing I can find in the support forums is that it ensures Waterfox doesn't start Firefox, but even that isn't clarified as a reboot issue?

Jeez..

Neobond said,
Again I had to reboot Windows 7 (x64) to complete the upgrade from 10.0 to 10.0.1? What is this BS? Only thing I can find in the support forums is that it ensures Waterfox doesn't start Firefox, but even that isn't clarified as a reboot issue?
Jeez..

I didn't and never have had to reboot computer to update this thing on any of my 3, Windows 7, 64bit machines!

cork1958 said,

I didn't and never have had to reboot computer to update this thing on any of my 3, Windows 7, 64bit machines!

Same on this end.

Yeah heard this before, but it appears the update won't complete without a reboot (fiirefox.exe is renamed firefox.update or something)

Neobond said,
Yeah heard this before, but it appears the update won't complete without a reboot (fiirefox.exe is renamed firefox.update or something)

Firefox will also ask you to reboot if you have any outstanding windows updates. Do your windows updates before updating fire/waterfox and you won't be asked to reboot.

pocaracas said,

Firefox will also ask you to reboot if you have any outstanding windows updates. Do your windows updates before updating fire/waterfox and you won't be asked to reboot.

But "Windows is up to date" according to Windows Update, bleh i dunno.

pocaracas said,

Firefox will also ask you to reboot if you have any outstanding windows updates. Do your windows updates before updating fire/waterfox and you won't be asked to reboot.

What does Windows updates have to do with updating Waterfox and rebooting?

FWIW,
Just updated my third machine, which is why I'm back here again, and no reboot needed! Plain, simple basic update!

i dumped Waterfox 10 and went back to Firefox as Waterfox 10 seems to have problems with eating up to much memory vs Firefox 10.

with Firefox i can leave my browser open and do what i usually do for a long time and it floats up around 300MB give or take once it stables out where as Waterfox can do 500-600MB fairly quickly according to Task Manager in Windows 7.

so with whatever slight performance gains you get from the 64bit is negated once the RAM hog use kicks in especially when i only got 2GB of RAM as my system seems to stay overall snappier as i suspect because once it hits around that 500-600MB range it's taxing my system to where virtual memory is needed etc etc.

anyone else have those RAM issues with it or does yours float around 300MB after it's been in use and open for a day or so?

anyone else have those RAM issues with it or does yours float around 300MB after it's been in use and open for a day or so?

No. I'm at 194,000 after several hours. Because it is a 64 bit application it is going to use more ram then it's 32 bit cousin.

Pam14160 said,
anyone else have those RAM issues with it or does yours float around 300MB after it's been in use and open for a day or so?

No. I'm at 194,000 after several hours. Because it is a 64 bit application it is going to use more ram then it's 32 bit cousin.

yes but THAT much more? (i.e. from a steady 300MB (Firefox 10) or so to 500-600MB (Waterfox 10) and probably keeps climbing)

we are talking about twice the amount and it goes over 300 fairly quick.

p.s. if i recall correctly older versions of Waterfox did not have the issue.

Neobond said,
And the internal updater still doesn't work

I might just be lucky, but it did work for me. It's the first time