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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 11:11 PM

Anyone try out the new 64bit Firefox?  

 

Can't find good instructions on how to install it.  Do I need to remove the inbuilt 32bit one first?

 

When Updating my guest account Firefox, thought I saw firefox-64 something?  Is it possible that because I just Activated and updated that account that it installed FF-64bit?

 

Woha, maybe Mint installed it automatically!  I ran this command and this is what I got, amd64:

chris@chris-HP-Compaq-nx7400-EN352UTR-ABA:~ > apt-show-versions firefox
firefox:amd64/rebecca 46.0.1+linuxmint1+rosa uptodate

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:48 AM

I checked mine, it did the same as well. It must be common to any recent updgrade or updated firefox install.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:29 AM

I thought the 64-bit version was already used on GNU/Linux from long time  :unsure:



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 08:40 AM

Think your right nuna, but I was under the impression that it was 32bit for some reason.  I see reports of it being around since like 2008-9


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 12:26 PM

I think it may have something to do with running in uefi, I know I am.  Sometimes file size and naming limitations come into play for me.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 04:15 PM

 I will leave this alone.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 04:27 PM

Hi:

 

I am on Windoze, not Linux.

But I do know that -- like Windows -- there are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Fx for Linux.

 

See here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

 

Offered "as is" - you're on your own re: installing and running it on that platform. :)

 

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:00 PM

 I will leave this alone.

 

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:07 PM

It was just me guys.  Had it in my mind that Firefox for linux was only 32bit.  I think this is because Windows only had the 32bit until recently right? 


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:05 AM

@MoxieMomma
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Do I need to remove the inbuilt 32bit one first?
-REF:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/615293/firefox64-anyone/#entry4007766

Linux-Mint-KDE-17.1-64bit
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You're running a 64bit version of Linux Mint, so most of the software you're running is 64bit, including the pre-installed copy of Firefox. However, the system supports and is configured to use both 32bit and 64bit packages.

To see which package architectures your system has been configured to use run:
dpkg --print-architecture && dpkg --print-foreign-architectures

Since you're running Linux Mint 17.1 64bit it should list amd64 and i386.

To see the architecture of an installed package run:
dpkg -s firefox
(Substitute "firefox" for the package you're checking.)

In the case of Firefox, the pre-installed version is 64bit. You can tell because it's listed as amd64.

Not sure what the package name is? Run:
dpkg -l *firefox*
(Substitute "firefox" for the term you want to search. Installed packages with the term in their name will be listed, as well as their architecture.)

Can't find good instructions on how to install it.
-REF:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/615293/firefox64-anyone/#entry4007766

You can install the latest version of Firefox available in the repos by running:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

Since your system's native package architecture is amd64 packages, it will choose to install the 64bit version, regardless of whether you are currently running the 64bit or 32bit version. Note, that if you already have the newest version in 32bit it will still attempt to install the 64bit version!

If you explicitly wanted to state to install the 64bit version you could run:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox:amd64

If you explicitly wanted to state to install the 32bit version you could run:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox:i386

Do I need to remove the inbuilt 32bit one first?
-REF:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/615293/firefox64-anyone/#entry4007766

If you had 32bit version of Firefox, which you didn't, and a newer version of Firefox was available, you wouldn't need to manually remove the old 32bit version to install the new 64bit version of Firefox. You would just run:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox

Because the system's native package architecture is amd64 it would install the 64bit version. During this process it would remove the 32bit version.
 

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:11 AM

 I think this is because Windows only had the 32bit until recently right? 

 

Yes. Mozilla only recently brought 64bit Firefox to Windows. https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2015/12/15/firefox-64-bit-for-windows-available/



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:43 AM

Yeah the firefox version is dependent on your linux kernel version, but its not like you cant run 32bit apps in 64bit in linux


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 02:23 AM

 

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 04:00 PM

@MoxieMomma
Welcome to the Linux section.


Thank you. :)

Yep, at least on Windows, one can install the 32-bit Fx on 64-bit architecture, but not the other way around...
64-bit Fx is not without its issues, so many folks are still running the 32-bit on their 64-bit systems

But I'll leave it to you Linux gurus to sort it out on that platform.

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