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
DHofmann
Member since:
2005-08-19

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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ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

1. Sounds very reasonable. Some people have a _real_ issue with this that's an order of magnitude higher than yours.

2. Something is wrong. Firefox isn't responsive but I've not seen it lock up for a second on any typical pages or use. I've found opening tabs to be fairly responsive, it's opening new windows that is slow.

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smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Firefox does lock up a little bit when it renders complex pages - I'm sure it is worse the slower your cpu is. I'm not sure if there is one thread that is rendering every page or if there is just a giant lock they all have to acquire, but it isn't just him.

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MechR Member since:
2006-01-11

I usually find that my mem usage steadies around 80M. If this is a problem, it's separate from the one where mem usage keeps rising. Still, I suppose halving that number would be cool.

On a side note, AFAICT Opera's mem usage isn't necessarily better (I tried browsing an image board I frequent to compare the two). If anything, it might actually be higher. This might depend on what sites you frequent, though.

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