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Author Topic: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows  (Read 3111 times)

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Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« on: July 13, 2015, 07:13:36 AM »
I have been using the 32 bit Firefox Nightly Build for Windows for a few days.  So far everything works fine.  So this morning I figured what the hell and installed the x64 version.  So far so good.

It picks up all the bookmarks and extensions from an installed Firefox if you already have one.  It installs in the folder Nightly and can be removed without hosing your stable FF installation.

The difference I see when loading tabs in the x64 version I get a tiny spinning wheel until the page fills in, rather than the one about an inch in diameter the 32 bit was using.  It seems to fill in tabs a bit faster than the 32 bit also.

I haven't noticed any extensions not working or anything unusual.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2015, 04:29:56 PM »
Latest 39 stable is doing good for me.
Don't dabb with betas or nightly versions of FF anymore.
Besides, this fast release cycle hasn't really been doing anything more than frustrating faithful FF users.
Recent Pocket and Hello are a perfect example of Mozilla that no longer seems to know what to do to get back its lost users to Google Chrome. First Australis... then down hill...

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2015, 05:07:29 PM »
Latest 39 stable is doing good for me.

I wouldn't be looking around if flash wasn't hogging the machine.  Although this x64 build is the smoothest x64 that said "Firefox" on it that I have tried so far.  It seems just as solid as 39.0 32 bit.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2015, 07:02:45 PM »
"Flash issues" you say?
Having just re-installed my laptop, can't say i've noticed any particular hic with stable.

Have been testing Vivaldi's latest and i find it pretty good.
Still not ready for the road, but it sure looks promising!
More than Windows 10 Edge which won't even have extensions support by official release date of July 29.

Might give that Nightly Build a spin.
If my computer breaks, it's all your fault MilesAhead!  :P
« Last Edit: July 13, 2015, 07:03:24 PM by dantheman, Reason: correction »

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2015, 07:58:06 PM »
@MilesAhead,

You may be right! I may be wrong! (sounds like words for a song).  :D
Nightly 64bit seems to be much perkier than what i would expect.
Don't know if it's the new default tab look, but i do like to see them compacted.
This version doesn't like (incompatible with) my default theme FT DeepDark, neither does it like Bing extension (wonder why?), and it told me that Diigo extension might slow it down.

Not bad! 3 out of 24!

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2015, 05:48:03 AM »
"Flash issues" you say?
Having just re-installed my laptop, can't say i've noticed any particular hic with stable.


It could be my GPU isn't up to snuff.  I may not have looked at the CPU usage while playing a vid until I noticed my Laptop hanging at 99% charge for 1/2 hour while plugged in running chrome.  Then I started to pay attention.


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Might give that Nightly Build a spin.
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Heh heh.  It is dangerous.  I started messing around with Chromium portable snapshots and it took me 2  years to leave them alone.  :)

I use classic theme restorer extension.  Otherwise I cannot read the tab titles as I have Glass enabled.  I like Glass but I hate wasting all that space with the ribbon and just a chunk of Glass sitting there.  I used to have a great dark blue theme with white text on Vista and W7.  I forget the name of it though.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 07:44:44 AM »
It's odd that this chap recommends doing away with flash (coincidence that it appears at same time you post here?):
http://www.techsuppo...ing-flash-player.htm
Can html5 replace it 100%?

BTW, did you try FF beta before going to extremes with Nightly?

Classic T.R. is cool. Just hope it doesn't break up along the way like many other extensions deemed useful.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2015, 08:46:55 AM »
It's odd that this chap recommends doing away with flash (coincidence that it appears at same time you post here?):
http://www.techsuppo...ing-flash-player.htm
Can html5 replace it 100%?
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BTW, did you try FF beta before going to extremes with Nightly?

No, I wanted to get as much HTML5 as they had.  Turns out these are solid as a rock.. so far.  I got lucky it seems.

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Classic T.R. is cool. Just hope it doesn't break up along the way like many other extensions deemed useful.

A lot of them will break when they enforce this signing crap.  It really annoys me how they all fall into lockstep.  Somebody should bring a court case so that they can only refuse signing if they can prove the extension is malicious.  Right now if they don't like it is all that is required to reject it.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2015, 03:01:08 PM »
Hmm, Firefox Nightly x64 for Windows install folder is 5 days old and already it is loading slowly.  Super Start speed dial is no fast loader.  But it is loading noticeably slower now.  This is really the pits.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2015, 03:14:29 PM »
Just for grins I uninstalled, then installed it.  It still loads slowly off the dime.  But it seems to run a bit snappier once the speed dial loads.

Defintely not snappy like at first blush.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2015, 08:39:42 PM »
Think its 'cause you have to clear the cache out once in a while.

Did try Nightly and don't find it any better than present stable.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2015, 06:43:52 AM »
Think its 'cause you have to clear the cache out once in a while.

Did try Nightly and don't find it any better than present stable.

I clear the cache.  Makes no difference.  I tried the Nightly from yesterday.  Total disaster.  All my tabs crashed within about 5 minutes of the thing being up.  I put back the one I was using.  I've noticed this slowdown on Firefox for at least the last 6 months.  Pretty freaky.  Chrome snaps up off the HD quickly.  But it hogs the CPU to do it.  MxNitro jumps off the HD but it has no features and is unusable as well as unstable.

Also it looks like I need a speed dial that loads much faster than Super Start.  Seems like I wait 30 seconds just for the New Tab page to open on startup.


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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2015, 07:46:50 AM »
Ya, i don't know why, sometimes FF does super good for me and at others no.
Could it be your adblock extension?
I've been using AdGuard without a problem.
uBlock Origin i did not like.
AddonsMemory can help you to determine which extensions are resource hogs.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2015, 08:02:09 AM »
Ya, i don't know why, sometimes FF does super good for me and at others no.
Could it be your adblock extension?
I've been using AdGuard without a problem.
uBlock Origin i did not like.
AddonsMemory can help you to determine which extensions are resource hogs.


I am using uBlock.  I'll give the others a try.  Thanks.  :)

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2015, 08:34:25 AM »
My pleasure!  :)
Let me know how it works out for you!

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2015, 08:48:50 AM »
My pleasure!  :)
Let me know how it works out for you!

For some reason AdBlocker really bogged it down.  I am trying Wise Disk Cleaner.  It is too bad I am addicted to Speed Dilalers.  I end up twisting everything into a pretzel to accommodate them once I like using one.  A pita.  :)

Maybe I'll try a different one.  Super Start really loads slowly on startup.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2015, 09:27:42 AM »
Fast Dial makes one for both chrome and firefox.  So at least it was simple to copy and paste the bookmarks across the Fast Dial folders.  It does not want to load on startup in FF.  I have to hit new tab.  But it seems a bit snappier.  I'll see how long that lasts.  :)

Edit:  Seems to be no advantage over using 32 bit Firefox 39.0.  I'm taking the nightly builds off and using Fast Dial with FF 39.  I figured out how to show the dial on startup.

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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2015, 12:22:53 AM »
Hmm, Firefox Nightly x64 for Windows install folder is 5 days old and already it is loading slowly.  Super Start speed dial is no fast loader.  But it is loading noticeably slower now.  This is really the pits.

Perhaps SpeedyFox will help you out?


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Re: Firefox Nightly Builds : Windows
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2015, 05:44:09 AM »
Hmm, Firefox Nightly x64 for Windows install folder is 5 days old and already it is loading slowly.  Super Start speed dial is no fast loader.  But it is loading noticeably slower now.  This is really the pits.

Perhaps SpeedyFox will help you out?

I'll take a look.  Thanks.  :)