Waterfox

July 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Internet, Software | Leave a comment

I’ve been exploring a browser called Waterfox. It’s basically Firefox built for 64bit. If you have Windows7, you probably have a 64bit system. If you’re using Firefox, you’re losing some of the benefit of that. (you may have noticed the installed IE comes in a 64 bit version)

Install Waterfox and it recognizes all of your Firefox user settings – themes, add-ons, open tabs. It looks almost the same, except for the top left icon. But it behaves much more quickly in many operations.

You can explore it yourself here:
waterfoxproject.org

UPDATE: (January 2013) 7 months later and Waterfox has stalled at version 16.01 where Firefox is now version 18. Mozilla has asked developers to stop 64-bit builds as its mucking up the bug system. Given that FF 18 increases the speed of sites as much nearly 25%, the advantages of Waterfox are dwindling while its security fixes are stalled. I’m back to Firefox.

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