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FireFox: Nightly Build

Postby Yogi » 11 Mar 2013, 08:21

As mentioned elsewhere, I have recently upgraded my Command and Control Center masterpiece to a 64 bit machine. The people who did it for me did a great job of preserving much of what I had installed on the old system, and for that I am most grateful. But now I find that several areas of the system could be improved even further by upgrading them to 64 bits. One such improvement is in the browsers I use.

To be honest I had no idea that there were such a things as 64 bit browsers per se. I learned about it when I went through the hoops to upgrade Java. They explained that I need both 32 and 64 bit versions if I am using both types of browsers. Upon further research I discovered that the standard issue for Firefox is 32 bits and that the only way to obtain a copy of their 64 bit version is to use their Nightly Build channel.

I'm not all sure what they do over at Mozilla, but they upload a new version of their browser every morning. It's not guaranteed stable, but I have painfully discovered that their standard issue 32 bit browser is not stable either. So, thinking that I have nothing to lose, I changed channels. The nightly build is called Nightly - what else? That's to distinguish it from Firefox. They look the same and in fact Nightly automatically imported all the settings from Firefox, bookmarks included. It took a few hours of normal use to discover how improved the performance is in the Nightly build. Much of that is due to twice the data handling capability; web sites load incredibly fast and even downloads seem to flow quicker. But the real satisfaction comes from the stability of Nightly. It has not frozen once since I've installed it, while Firefox can be counted on to freeze and require a reboot (of the browser) at least twice a day.

I can't speak to Firefox on Linux because I use Ubuntu. They do crazy things over there, such as integrate the software into the Unity interface. It's very much like what Microsoft does with Internet Explorer - which by the way is now their 64 bit version in my new and improved system. But even before Unity, browsers on Linux were not exact duplicates of browsers on Windows. So, if you are looking for a comparison of Firefox vs Nightly on Liinux, I can't offer that. But I would bet Nightly is better over there for the same reasons it's better on Windows. Nightly is not what we know as Firefox. It's better.

Having said all the above, don't expect a transition to Nightly to be smooth and squeaky clean. It's beta at best, but a well matured beta. I don't know what they are working on at any given time, but apparently I've not crossed the line into any experimental code - yet. The migration over to the Nightly channel has been well worth it so far, and until such time that a major catastrophe occurs in Nightly, I'm done with Firefox.
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Re: FireFox: Nightly Build

Postby Kellemora » 11 Mar 2013, 13:39

I started to look into Nightly, but saw they tagged the word INTEL onto both of the downloads.

I know a lot of packages marked AMD64 work on Intel, but don't have the time to find out if those marked INTEL work on AMD properly. I figure there must be some reason for them to add INTEL to the download name or they wouldn't do it.

I've had a few short lived machines with INTEL chips in them, but all of my longer lasting and trouble free machines have had AMD, so I stuck with what was cheaper, faster, and worked better for the things I do.

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Re: FireFox: Nightly Build

Postby Yogi » 12 Mar 2013, 08:27

I've seen the x86 and the 64AMD tags on the install software, but basically ignore it without trouble. You have to be careful not to put anything 64 bit on a 32 bit machine, but it typically works well the other way around. It's hard to believe that anyone big as Mozilla would cater to a specific processor brand. That would eliminate a lot of potential customers. In any case I'm very happy with the Nightly browser so far. Firefox never looked better.
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Re: FireFox: Nightly Build

Postby Kellemora » 12 Mar 2013, 12:30

I'll try a download and see what happens!
Hopefully installing it in a separate folder so it doesn't mess up the other browser.
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