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And it still only shows me the 32-bit version.
Firefox 8 released
Posted Nov 9, 2011 12:34 UTC (Wed) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
Posted Nov 10, 2011 23:55 UTC (Thu) by kripkenstein (subscriber, #43281)
I believe we (I work at Mozilla) don't promote 64-bit builds because we aren't confident they are fully up to par yet. There are various bugs on those that don't exist in 32-bit builds.
But if you're a power user (and if you're reading this here, you are ;) then have fun with the 64-bit builds. Expect possible breakage though.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 14:38 UTC (Fri) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
(I'm on CentOS 5, so the cause is probably some ancient lib version or something... But, all I know is the 64-bit build seems to work great, so I'm sticking with it...)
Still, even if you're not promoting it, I'd think you could detect we were already running a 64-bit version, which means we obviously want to continue doing so, and offer up the new 64-bit version for download instead of the 32-bit one... I'm not saying offer it to someone currently running a 32-bit version... *shrug*
Posted Nov 11, 2011 18:11 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
but the point of only offering 32 bit builds, even if I am already running a 64 bit build (and so have 64 bit extensions loaded that will break if I install the 32 bit build) is not a good thing
Posted Nov 11, 2011 22:17 UTC (Fri) by kripkenstein (subscriber, #43281)
Ah, interesting point. Are you talking about automatic updates through the browser itself, or what you are offered on the website, or both?
Posted Nov 11, 2011 22:30 UTC (Fri) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
Posted Nov 11, 2011 23:38 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I actually got frustrated enough a couple of versions ago to use the ubuntu PPA and live with it updating every couple of nights because it was just too painful to track down the 64 bit build otherwise.
Posted Nov 12, 2011 18:09 UTC (Sat) by kripkenstein (subscriber, #43281)
Posted Nov 12, 2011 18:39 UTC (Sat) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0
And, from 32-bit 7.0 (the newest 32-bit build I've got lying around):
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686 on x86_64; rv:7.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0
Posted Nov 12, 2011 18:51 UTC (Sat) by kripkenstein (subscriber, #43281)
Ok, I filed a bug,
I think it's a very good idea to do this, thanks for the suggestion :)
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