64-bit firefox

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at marcuscom.com
Wed Aug 10 15:23:41 GMT 2005

On Wed, 2005-08-10 at 00:27 -0400, Mikhail T. wrote:
> After a rather ungratifying exchange with some of the prominent Mozilla
> project members, here is my conclusion.
> The "old" firefox-1.x is not expected to run on amd64. Lucky you, if it
> does. The code for the branch was forked a long time ago (circa April
> 2004, AFAIK) and only "security fixes" get merged into it.
> Do not bother submitting patches -- you will be yelled at
> unceremoniously for wasting developers' time with patches against an
> obsolete version and accused of other misdemeanors.
> The upcoming version of the browser -- "Deer Park", a.k.a. 1.5 --
> currently in alpha2, is supposed to come off the trunk of their
> cvs tree, which already contains a lot of bug-fixes, including
> 64bit-specific ones, but these will NOT be merged into the firefox-1.x
> branch.
> Those fixes aren't great -- "long", for example, is used in lieu of
> "intptr_t" (MSVC is not C99-compliant, so screw you), but they just
> happen to work for now.
> I think, we need to concentrate on porting this new Deer Park version
> (www/deerpark ?) in preferance of the current (www/firefox). Although
> alpha, it, apparently, has a better chance of working right on our
> "unusual" set of platforms.
> The 1.5 release is expected in September.
> Those wanting a stabler browser right now ought to use linux-firefox,
> opera, or konqueror.
> Comments?

See the list archives.  A port of 1.1 already exists at


> 	-mi
> P.S. I have a seemingly working firefox right now on FreeBSD/amd64.
> I even have some extensions loaded. But installing the Forecastfox
> extension hoses it reliably, which does not happen with the 32-bit
> versions (neither linux-firefox on amd64, nor native on i386).
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