Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by aaronb
Mozilla & Gecko clones After a number of delays, Mozilla today released version 3.6 of the successful Firefox web browser. It brings with it numerous improvements and new features, and of course speed improvements are welcomed, too.
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RE: Speed improvements
by Fergy on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:56 UTC in reply to "Speed improvements"
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Every release has speed improvements. Yet, perhaps I am imagining things, but my browser experience today is generally slower than the days of Firefox 1.0

What does Firefox 3.6 do compared to Firefox 1.0:
- Phishing and malware Protection: more memory and about 30MB of storage
- Session restore: more memory and about 1MB of storage
- Spellcheck: practically free
- better addon manager: practically free
- better web support including things like SVG: practically free
- awesomebar: more memory and about 5MB of storage

These are a few of the new features that were added to Firefox after version 1.0. Firefox uses more memory because it does more but it certainly isnĀ“t bogged down. My guess is that you mistake the dramatic increase of website complexity with Firefox bloat. If I load Gmail, Greader and Netvibes I am already in the 250+MB range and the loading of those pages reaches 10 seconds after a reboot. This of course also happens with Google Chrome and Opera.

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