Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jul 2006 19:17 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones eWEEK Labs' tests show that Beta 1 of the open-source Firefox 2.0 includes some welcome new features, catches up a bit with capabilities found in other Web browsers and adds some nice security enhancements. However, while Firefox 2.0 is shaping up to be a good upgrade to Version 1.5 of the popular Web browser, it doesn't look like it will be the slam-dunk over the forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 that Firefox 1.5 has been to the current IE 6.x. For that matter, unless Firefox 2.0 and IE 7 improve greatly before their respective releases later in 2006, neither will come close to topping the quality of the already shipping Opera 9.
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Memory usage and responsiveness
by DHofmann on Thu 13th Jul 2006 22:45 UTC
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If Firefox wants to compete with the other browsers, they really need to focus on the following:

1. Fix the runaway memory issue. I know, it's not technically a memory leak, but I have 4 tabs open right now and Firefox is using 83MB of memory.

2. Make Firefox more responsive. Sometimes when I use the middle mouse button to open a link in a new tab, it "locks up" Firefox for a second or two while the page loads. It's not a huge issue, but it's little things like this that detract from the pleasure of web surfing.

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