How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?

Kilz _ kilzzz at
Sat Sep 30 19:06:54 BST 2006

>From: Matt Zimmerman <mdz at>
>To: ubuntu-devel at
>Subject: Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?
>Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 10:56:32 -0700
>On Sat, Sep 30, 2006 at 02:16:01PM +0200, Alexandre Strube wrote:
> > Em sáb, 2006-09-30 às 01:14 +0200, Florian Zeitz escreveu:
> >
> > > Yes you are certainly right. Many people want it.But from a technical
> > > point of view it sucks (might be a bit harsh, but isn't that untrue
> > > after all).
> > > And understandably developers don't want to have to support something
> > > that just isn't done the right way.
> >
> > I was thinking about this matter of support. Correct me if i'm wrong,
> > but Firefox's source is only one for 32 & 64 bits, isn't it? I mean,
> > both are generated from the same source package.
> >
> > How hard could it be to add a sort of "hybrid" arch, one which would
> > compile 32-bit firefox for amd64 the same way it does for i386, but then
> > just put it in the correct places on the amd64 directory structure on
> > the binary package?
>This thread is starting to go in circles; this was discussed at the very
>The primary reason this is a lot of work is that it requires that the same
>thing be done for the development libraries used to build Firefox.
>So far, the best short-term solution would seem to be the plugin adapter
>mentioned earlier which would allow 32-bit plugins to be used with 64-bit
>  - mdz
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If you are referring to nspluginwrapper it needs a lot of work. It causes 
64bit firefox to crash on a lot of sites. 64bit users currently testing it 
report they need to have flash block installed because of this. They then 
selectively test sites.

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