Gecko64 status

Jacek Caban jacek at
Sat Jun 5 14:58:03 CDT 2010

Hi all,

I'd like to share with you progress on gecko64. First of all, I think 
that it was never said in public, although I've been asked about it: 
there won't be gecko64 for 1.2 release. I think we will have Gecko 
release in the second half of this year it will support 64-bit, but it's 
not yet clear when exactly. We may try to do it near the next Firefox 
release, but time will show how it will work.

However, it doesn't mean that nothing is going on around Wine Gecko. 
I've recently switched to mingw-w64 for 32-bit builds. I've very pleased 
with it. They are far better in co-operation, don't have senseless 
politics like mingw and their quality of headers and libraries is far 
better. We won't need to maintain fixes to build envinonment anymore. 
(I've been even talking about better co-operation between our projects, 
but that's OT here and I will report progress when there will be more to 
say). We're much nearer to allow packagers to build their own Gecko now.

Back to gecko64, I've completed the first step. I have a working 64-bit 
Firefox crosscompiled with mingw-w64. See:
for details. It starts and runs on Windows. Now I wait for patches to be 
committed to Mozilla. It may take awhile :/ Before we may think about 
support for gecko64 in MSHTML, we have to fix its issues in Wine.  
Firefox is a good Gecko test and it needs to be fixed first. 
Unfortunately it currently doesn't even start. I've put a build on 
server in case anyone would like to try it:
Volunteers on working on Wine side are very welcomed. There are also 
some other tests from Mozilla code. Note that before fixing any more 
sophisticated bug, it's worth to make sure on Windows, that the bug is 
in Wine, not in the build. All I verified is that Firefox should start 
and basic functionality works (and doesn't work on Wine).

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed.


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