Mozilla Over Update On Turning Off 64-Bit Windows Builds

Posted on Dec 24 2012 - 10:29am by Editorial Staff
Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

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 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.
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