Do you use Firefox for Windows? Do you have 64bit system and are tired of having a 32bit browser, but like Firefox so much that you just don’t want to change your default browser?
Are you looking for a good Gecko engine (Firefox based) 64bit browser (if you use Linux or Mac, you’re good with Firefox ’cause Mozilla makes 64bit Firefox for Linux and Mac)? Look no more, Waterfox is here 😀
What’s the difference between Firefox and Waterfox (read About on Waterfox homepage)? Simple: Waterfox is 64bit version of Firefox (a recompiled Firefox source code to make the browser 64bit) 😀
The question is: Why hasn’t Mozzila released an official 64bit Firefox? Similarly to MICRO$OFT with its Office, 32bit technology, although slower, is still more reliable than 64bit. And there are more 32bit plugins. The difference is that MICRO$OFT recommends that you install 2bit version of Office even on 64bt Windows upon installing M$ Office, but you can still install the 64bit variant if you deem it fit. Mozilla, on the other hand, doesn’t offer 64bit Firefox for Windows at all. However, you can run both Firefox and Waterfox on the same machine while you can’t run both 32bit and 64 bit of M$ Office.
These are the plugins available for Waterfox. I’ve been using the browser for months now and haven’t come across a need for another plugin yet 😀 Nevertheless, I suggest you keep Firefox on your computer just in case. Waterfox shares Firefox settings, meaning whatever changes you make to Waterfox, they will immediately be applied to Firefox (and the other way around). All the addo-ns for Firefox (including language packs and spellcheckers) work on Waterfox flawlessly.
The only visual difference is that in place of Firefox, it says Waterfox and that the main theme colour is blue instead of orange.
This is what freshly installed Waterfox looks like
This is how I my Waterfox looks
Changing Fire-/Waterfox language
I mentioned language packs. As far as I know, there is only American Waterfox installer.
Luckily, a Firefox language pack works perfectly. You can download the language pack(s) you desire here.
Once you install a language pack (both on Firefox and Waterfox), you’ll probably wonder how to change the lingo. If you go to Waterfox/Add-ons/Languages, you’ll see the lingo(es) you installed, but no way to switch the language.
You’re probably asking yourself What the FUCK?!
And rightly so. Why there isn’t a simple way to change the language is beyond me.
There are two ways that I know of:
Firstly, I’ll explain how to do it without installing an add-on.
In the address bar of Water-/Fire-fox write about:config and press Enter
You’re gonna get This might void your warranty! warning telling you that you’re messing with advanced settings (why the hell would changing the application language be an advanced setting?!). Press I’ll be careful, I promise!
Now search for general.useragent.locale and double-click on the value.
Enter the language code (hr is for Croatian). Tip: The language code of your lingo should be shown in Waterfox/Add-ons/Languages. In addition, you can look for the code at Wikipedia (either find it on this list or Wiki the language). Press OK when you’re done and restart Waterfox.
If you want it simple, you’ll have to download an add-on since Mozilla hasn’t made it simple. The add-on is called Local Switcher. Once installed, you’ll get a simple drop-down menu that offers you languages you have installed.
Choose your lingo and restart Waterfox. Tip: After changing the language, you can disable Locale Switcher since the only purpose of the add-on is switching languages.
Yes, the language change applies both to Fire- and Waterfox (’cause it is a setting), so you’ll have both browsers in the same lingo.
The only visible difference between Firefox and Waterfox is now gone. Since language packs are built for Firefox, the text Waterfox will be replaced with Firefox everywhere (even the big text opening Waterfox menu). The colour will still be blue, though, and it will say Waterfox in About Firefox ’cause that’s an image independent of the language.
Download Waterfox here.
Download Waterfox plugins here.
Tip: If you find images in this post too small, click on them to enlarge them.