Waterfox 7.0

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

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Have been long using 64bit versions of ffox and they all suck! Addon compatibilities, sound issues, video display issues and many more. And yep all of my drivers are up to date!

Nikos_GR said,
Have been long using 64bit versions of ffox and they all suck! Addon compatibilities, sound issues, video display issues and many more. And yep all of my drivers are up to date!

That means it's likely the add-ons *themselves* that are the issue (most add-ons are not bitness-neutral - especially on the Windows side of Firefox; it's one reason I tend to run Firefox sans add-ons). Also, until recently, there hasn't been a decent x64 version of Flash Player (or AIR, for that matter); fortunately, Adobe has gotten a clue and fixed both issues (that is why the x64 version of the Flash plug-in for non-IE browsers is so large; it also includes the downloader for the x64 AIR client).

It ran using my Firefox x86(32-bit) profile, all my extensions work... I don't know if I may be causing stability issues in the long run but it really boots up much faster and not to mention that 1080p flash is much smoother. WIN

Saint Shiv said,
It ran using my Firefox x86(32-bit) profile, all my extensions work... I don't know if I may be causing stability issues in the long run but it really boots up much faster and not to mention that 1080p flash is much smoother. WIN

And why would you have stability issues? It's Firefox trunk code - recompiled and optimized for x64 Windows - basically the same thing that a Gentoo user would do custom-compiling a stage-three tarball, except that it's on a smaller scale and for Windows. If anything, it's better-behaved than Firefox x32 - on the same OS. That is what's truly scary.

As I said in an earlier post, I'm normally no fan of Firefox (the web browser - though firefoxes - the animals - are indeed Quite Cute); however, Waterfox is now my preferred browser for Flash-heavy sites, even over *any* version of IE (and IE x64 has an x64 ActiveX control for Adobe Flash, so that's not an excuse). What did Team Waterfox do right that Mozilla - and Microsoft, for that matter - fail at?

farmeunit said,
What do you gain from running a 64-bit browser? I'm sure speed is one thing, but what REAL gain over x86 do you see?

Like sheer performance (and far fewer crashes) aren't enough? Waterfox is now my commputer's fastest browser on Flash-heavy sites (all browsers configured equally, including the AIR-based Flash acceleration). What more do you want - an egg in your beer?

farmeunit said,
What do you gain from running a 64-bit browser? I'm sure speed is one thing, but what REAL gain over x86 do you see?

I hope you're being sarcastic...

Doesn't look like it's ready for prime time. Pale Moon 64 at least works. Waterfox. missing dll. wants me to reinstall. o_O

PatrynXX said,
Doesn't look like it's ready for prime time. Pale Moon 64 at least works. Waterfox. missing dll. wants me to reinstall. o_O

Not having the problem here - in fact, I'm posting this from it. Added the Flash and Java plug-ins, too. Tested this originally in the Windows Developer Preview - have now added it to 7 x64 as well (where I'm posting this from). Flash is frickin *fast* - blows Firefox 7 (and even IE 9) completely away. Because some sites have issues with IE, I kept Firefox around - now, Waterfox may well replace it.

PatrynXX said,
Doesn't look like it's ready for prime time. Pale Moon 64 at least works. Waterfox. missing dll. wants me to reinstall. o_O

Install C++ x64 distributional, if you read the site you would know this.

It *should* support all the plug-ins that FF x64 (the immediate ancestor) does.
It is, if anything, quicker than FF 7.00 x32 (haven't installed the 7.0.1 update yet).
Also, several needed x64 plug-ins are on the Downloads section of the Waterfox site (including the x64 Silverlight plug-in, in addition to old standbys Flash and Java).

Once the plug-in sitch gets sorted, I'd need an x32 browser in my x64 Windows *why*? (The only reason I run an x32 browser *at all* is because of problematical x64 support for certain browser-related AX controls/plug-ins.)

Tartan said,
Will it support the same extensive list of add-ons as its counterpart?

No! Most of them are compatible with the 32 bit version of ffox.

I really like the icon. Mozilla really needs to do this with their products. This honestly should be the icon for their nightly product (or well, something similar). Aurora should be a phoenix.

It's good to see a stable build of Mozilla FF 7 x64. Palemoon is still sitting on 6.02 and it is kind of rough, and not very optimized at the moment... though the x86 browser when updated to 7.0 will be probably worth the download and install.

Ambroos said,
So this is like Pale Moon but for 64bit-PC's?

well if you have Pale Moon, there's no point to download this because there's a 64bit version of Pale Moon. Have it installed on Windows 8.