With first taking nerves out of the 64-inch version of Firefox for Windows, Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg re-announces the Firefox 64-bit for Windows version. Discussing about the reason for the change of plans, a Google Groups post on the Mozilla.dev.apps.firefox discusses “Update on turning off 64-bit Windows builds,” that most number of users regularly run into the 4GB memory limits of 32-bit builds while Smedberg says Mozilla “does not have the resources to actively support this use case.” The modifications taken place and are discussed by Smedberg are as follows:
- Migrate all existing users of win64 nightly channel builds to the win32 nightly channel builds via automatic update.
- Continue to build win64 Nightly builds and updates on the nightly channel. Users who need the 64-bit builds will have to download it after the migration point (date TBD).
- Change the default first-run and update page for win64 builds to explain to users that they are not supported.
- Disable the crash reporter for win64 builds
- Enable click-to-play plugins by default in the win64 builds.
- Discontinue the win64 tests and on-checkin builds to reduce release engineering load. By default, do not generate win64 builds on try.
- win64 builds will be considered a tier 3ï build configuration.