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64-bit browsers for MacOS 10.5 that will run Java 1.6

Bob Grossman
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I've been looking for MacOS 10.5 browsers that will run Java 1.6 applets. Java 1.6 requires a 64-bit browser; almost all the MacOS 10.5 browsers are 32-bit. The only 64-bit browser I've found that will work on MacOS 10.5 is iCab 4.8. Does anyone know of any others?
Greg Charles
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Here they have a basic 64-bit browser for Mac, specifically for running Java 1.6 applets. http://www.ornl.gov/~t6p/Main/Utilities.html

Wikipedia claims that Safari in Mac OSX 10.6 (i.e., Snow Leopard) is a 64-bit build.

64-bit builds of Firefox should be available from Mozilla. There's a discussion here: http://www.mytechguide.org/7991/mozilla-firefox-64-bit-builds-linux-mac-windows-download/
Maneesh Godbole
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Would the 10.6 Safari run on 10.5 which the OP has?


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Bob Grossman
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Safari 5.1 for MacOS 10.6 will not install on MacOS 10.5.

I tried the 64-bit browser from ORNL. It crashed when I tried to load a Java 1.6 applet.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Firefox 11 on my 10.5.8 machine is a universal binary supporting both i386 and i386_64.


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Bob Grossman
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Thanks, Ernest. I downloaded Firefox 11.0, but when I go to the Java test site at http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp with Firefox 11, it still runs only Java 1.5. When I go to that same site in iCab 4.8, it says I am running Java 1.6. Is there an option in Firefox 11 that I need to flag to get it to use 64 bits? In iCab I can switch between 32-bit and 64-bit modes by using Get Info, but that doesn't appear to be the way to do it in Firefox 11.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Use the "Java Preferences" app in /Applications/Utilities . On the first page, drag the "Java SE 6" entry to the top of the list. Restart Firefox and you should be running in 64-bit Java mode.
Bob Grossman
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My Java SE 6 option is already at the top of the list in Java Preferences, and the box is checked. I restarted Firefox 11 and went to http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp, and it is still telling me that I am running Java 1.5.

Are you sure that your installation of Firefox 11 is running Java 1.6?



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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Hmmm. Well, the same page tells me I'm running Java 6 Update 24, x86_64.

Are you sure your hardware is 64-bit capable?
Bob Grossman
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Hmmm. Well, the same page tells me I'm running Java 6 Update 24, x86_64.

Are you sure your hardware is 64-bit capable?


iCab 4.8 runs Java 1.6, so I'm pretty sure it is.
 
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