Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 16:50 UTC, submitted by _xmv
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla Firefox has been listening to recent memory complains, and as a side effect tested the browser's scalability to the extreme with memshrink's improvements. The results are shocking: For 150 tabs open using the test script, Firefox nightly takes 6 min 14 on the test system, uses 2GB and stays responsive. For the same test, Chrome takes 28 min 55 and is unusable during loading. An optimized version of the script has been made for Chrome as an attempt to work-around Chrome's limitations and got an improved loading time of 27 min 58, while using 5GB of memory.
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RE[2]: Comment by Praxis
by Erunno on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 18:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Praxis"
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And that's not even the end of it. Under the leadership of Nicholas Nethercode Mozilla is making a strong push towards reducing Firefox' memory usage as much as possible without sacrificing performance. Further memory reductions are already in the pipeline for post-FF7 releases. The best place to follow the effort is by reading Nethercote's weekly MemShrink progress reports on his blog:

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