Features/Desktop/64bit Firefox Windows 7
|Add support for 64-bit Firefox Windows 7/Vista|
|Product manager||Asa Dotzler|
|Directly Responsible Individual||`|
|QA lead||Mihaela Velimiroviciu|
|Product marketing lead||`|
- Plug-in support will be a major issue here. We do not want users to have a worse view of 64-bit builds than they do of 32-bit.
- Accessibility support will be an issue here. Some of the ATs inject their own DLL into Firefox's address space. That would break if they inject a 32-bit DLL into a 64-bit process.
- Not sure what to do if users have both 32-bit and 64-bit Firefox installed
Stage 1: Definition
1. Feature overview
This feature falls primarily in the Experience category (from the "Discover, Experience, and Connect" vision statement.)
2. Users & use cases
Users with 64-bit Windows 7 (and Vista) can currently use Firefox 32-bit builds and that's what we offer them. But the 32-bit builds can only use part of the user's memory address space and so we are not taking full advantage of the user's platform capabilities.
- Platform engineering resources are needed to implement running 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit Firefox.
- Rel Eng will need to update systems for build, automation, and updating.
- QA will have one more platform to test.
- Coherent 32 bit plugin on 64-bit build experience
- Build automation able to create 64 bit builds
- QA automation able to test 64 and 32-bit builds
- AUS changes to support 64 and 32-bit builds and updates
- www.mozilla.com to offer 64-bit builds
- Performance parity with 32-bit Firefox on Windows
- Stability parity with 32-bit Firefox on Windows
- We should not attempt support of 64-bit Windows XP (neither x86-64 nor Itanium)
- We do not immediately need a stub installer or website magic to deliver 64-bit builds to 64-bit Windows users.
- We do not need or expect memory use parity with 32-bit Firefox.
- We do not intend to drop support for 32-bit Firefox.
Stage 2: Design
5. Functional specification
6. User experience design
Stage 3: Planning
7. Implementation plan
Quality Assurance review
Stage 4: Development
Stage 5: Release
10. Landing criteria
|Theme / Goal||Experience|
Team status notes
- Some plug-ins have 64-bit support already.
- Java http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/java_win64bit.xml#Java%20for%2064-bit
- Adobe Flash 64-bit http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer.html
- Microsoft Silverlight 64-bit http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/future/