Originally Posted by benben84
Can someone explain to me the benifits of Waterfox over say Google Chrome? I was an avid Firefox user until I started using Google services so now I am pretty much intergrated into that browser for convenience. I just dont see the point of 64 bit browsers...
For many users, there isn't a point.
But a significant number of users will find it extremely useful, because of its one key feature: it doesn't crash if you use many tabs, or data, or script/DOM/other storage, or you hit the 4GB x32 process memory limit. So if you happen to be someone who uses large sessions and you want to keep Firefox's open source vendor neutrality, extension ecosphere, non-tracking (**cough**Google TrackYouChrome**cough**), or process efficiency (**Chromeagain**) a 64 bit build isn't "optional" - it's actually the only way one can use Firefox.
It turns out that in every Mozilla user study on tab use, a significant minority of users do use a browser that way.....
Try opening 700 tabs in Chrome or Firefox 32 bit as some heavy users do (I've got 2400 open here, which is a lot even by heavy user standards), and "oops". So that's the sole reason a person may truly need a 64 bit build, and does apply to a number of users. If it doesn't apply to you, then it's not something your working method needs.