Mar 11 2009

Minefield: Firefox 64bit – Still early…

image-thumb4 Minefield: Firefox 64bit – Still early… I guess I’m among the early few that have a 64-bit operating system. While I can benefit from the speed and the additional resources, I have to put up with the shortcomings of various software providers.

I was looking to take advantage of my system and it’s resources, so I recently downloaded Mozilla’s version of the 64-bit browser called Minefield. It’s an early version of Firefox 64-bit… surely it’ll eventually be renamed to Firefox as it should.

Installing Minefield is no different than installing Firefox, but Minefield obviously performs a lot better in its native environment, but people like myself can’t take full advantage of a web browser like this because Adobe doesn’t provide a 64-bit version of their flash player. This makes using Minefield a problem in most cases.

I can’t watch interactive or rich media, and I can’t watch videos from YouTube. I’m not interested in playing flash games online, but if I were, this would not be my browser.

While Minefield performs outstandingly well in a 64-bit environment, the typical niceties that everyone has grown to love with Firefox is just not available with Minefield; the adoption of this browser just hasn’t saturated the market yet. The plug-ins that everyone has grown to enjoy, a lot of them are not available with the 64-bit version of Firefox.

64-bit hardware and 64-bit Operating System are starting to flood the market and represent the majority of the systems are being sold now. My estimation I would predict that within the next two years were going to start seeing a lot more 64-bit options available to users like myself.

Albeit a bit frustrating, I just wish that software providers would be more proactive than reactive.

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  • mooo

    There is a 64bit version of flash available… albeit a beta for linux…

    • Yes, but facing the Operating System majority; it’s ass backwards. They are supporting Linux first and then Windows… Normally the most popular Operating System is supported first. Nothing against Linux, it’s just odd.

      L. Henry Jr.

  • Anon

    I thought Minefield was the name for the nightly trunk builds of new versions of Firefox (3.1 these days, I believe). Is it really also the name for 64 bit Firefox, or is it just that there will be a 64 bit version at the next release?

    • Minefield is the development code for Firefox, just as Shredder is the code development for Thunderbird. If you lookin the installation folder it’s actually Firefox.exe.

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  • EdwinC

    I just installed it last night, but when i tried to open Firefox (32bit), another Minefield window opened.
    Both are named firefox.exe though in separate folders.
    I’ve read that i can run 32 and 64 bit independently…anyone got ideas?
    Thanks in advance!

  • Minefield and Firefox can be installed at the same time, but they can’t run at the same time. The EXE’s are named exactly the same, so only one instance of a program can be running at once. So, installed at the same time, but not running at the same time.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks for reading!

  • EdwinC

    Thanks Larry. As I suspected…
    With my limited tech knowledge, I renamed FF 64bit to Minefield but I don’t think Vista liked it. Given it was late at night, I only remember changing the name back to firefox.

    Am also trying IE 64bit and wonder how they compare.

    Thanks for the reply.

  • Cristian Duguet

    @Larry Henry

    You have to consider it was also the first development of adobe for linux, Adobe flashplayer 10. The same development team made it possible for amd64.

  • I still find it interesting that while a low percentage of Linux users exist in the market place [and I’ve Ubuntu dual booted] for the desktop, Adobe is not developing for the Operating System that’s on 90% of the worlds PC’s.

    It would seem, perhaps, they are mucking with Linux just to bang out some bugs.

    Thanks for reading!

    L. Henry Jr.