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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Minefield - x64 Firefox 3

Right after my successful drivers installation for x64 system, I looked for the 64-bit web browser, and the 1st came into my list is x64 version of Firefox - Minefield, which just still in its very alpha stage.

Mozilla x64

Before you can use Minefield in 64-bit OS, you have to manually install Microsoft Visual C + + 2005 SP1 Redistributable (x64)

Installing MSVC2008 doesn't work.

Immediately after several browsing sessions I find it cannot show flash at all.

The reason is the Adobe staff not being able to port the 32bit flash support to the 64bit web browsers:
Flash Player support on 64-bit operating systems

Here's one of the webpages where people blamming on Adobe:

Even the NCBI website is not accepting Minefield:


Checking for the latest version of Minefield is not helpful:

Last but not the least, the Google Pinyin Chinese input compatibility issue.

It's still hot:



Google is providing x64 Pinyin now:


Recently I found a newly release 3.1 alpha version of Minefield, which is even worse for not supporting 2 of my favourite add-ons: Download Statusbar & Downloadhelper.

Eventually, I decided to dump Minefield as the incompatible issue with flash makes it useless at all particularly when browsing Youtube.