Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 19:52 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "In August, Mozilla's Director of Research Andreas Gal, and one of the lead engineers for Firefox OS, Philipp von Weitershausen, gave a couple of presentations in Brazil about Firefox OS. We're now happy to share both the videos and the slides, in various formats for you to see or use, giving your own presentations!" Lots of background on Firefox OS.
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The problem with Firefox
by bassbeast on Fri 9th Nov 2012 21:24 UTC
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Is they have lost their focus and it shows. Anybody remember what the original mission statement was? it was "To build the best and most lightweight standards complaint browser by far" but ever since Chrome and the rise of the mobiles they have been all over the map and frankly quality has suffered greatly for it.

I have many customers that use low power computers, nettops, netbooks, and older office systems, and I can tell you since around FF 6 its been like a boat anchor on performance. To test products I'm gonna give to customers i have two testbeds, an AMD Sempron from 2004 that I use as a nettop at the shop, and my own netbook which is an Asus EEE with an AMD E350 APU, figuring it it runs good on these systems (even though the E350 is much better than the Atom when it comes to performance) it'll run good on pretty much ANY systems my customers may own, what have I found?

Well at least in my own tests I've found that FF runs like a dog on less than a 2.8GHz P4 with HT, and on low power mobile chips like the E350 it will kill a battery dead. The reason eluded me until Giveawayoftheday had Anvir Task Manager on offer as it leaves a taskbar icon that gives you readings of all the major info, CPU, RAM, and HDD activity and I found FF slams the CPU HARD. Launch? Slam to 100%, New tab? same, Bookmarks browsing? You get the picture. In fact I ran it and Comodo Dragon (A Chromium variant) side by side and while I was able to open multiple tabs, even watch SD video comfortably on even the Sempron, of FF it truly made the system unusable, even making the entire GUI unresponsive. And this was with NO extensions which of course the extensions are what makes FF worth using. With no less than 6 extensions in Dragon its still snappy.

so while i hope they right the ship frankly what I've seen doesn't give me hope and their falling numbers tells me I'm not the only one that has seen this. The nice thing is we're not stuck on IE or FF, and there is a world of browser out there, sadly many of them do better than FF performance wise, at least from what I've seen. For Windows there is Chrome, Dragon, Opera, QTWeb, and Kmeleon for the really old systems, and for Linux there is Chromium and QTWeb, which is a great browser BTW if you need a nice cross platform, you can even run QTWeb on a thumbstick. But right now FF is no longer on my default install list, its just too bloated.

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