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Editorial Hands up if you use Firefox. Have used it? Know about it? Heard of it? 'Sites up and down the World Wide Web today will be celebrating five years of Firefox. When I sat down to write this I worried about having to list the history of its features and landmark events and the news of the past five years. Other sites will be comprehensively doing that, there is nothing I can add to that list that Google can't surmise. Instead I will be telling you what Google does not know, my story of Firefox and what Firefox has meant to all of us.
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another_sam
Member since:
2009-08-19

firefox has to be able to grow at a faster pace. I think it needs infra-structure improvements for both core and add-ons.

I know mozilla is already walking towards this kind of improvements thanks to projects such as JetPack, but I would like to know about more of them. Anyone knows further?

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Stick this in your RSS reader http://planet.mozilla.org A lot of stuff about Mozilla’s various ideas goes through here. It’s how I keep up to date with new features landing and new Mozilla initiatives (like JetPack).

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pascalc Member since:
2006-04-05

You will find tons of informations on planet.mozilla.org

Among those there are several teams working on:

- eletrolysis, the multiprocess architecture. The first implementation with plugins running in a different process should be for 3.7. One of the major improvements will be running the UI in a separate process so as to get a more reactive UI.

- work on cold/warm startup performance, you can already see some of the results in nightly builds and follow the weekly reports (http://autonome.wordpress.com/)

- Jetpack for add-ons, that you mentionned

- Personas, the light-weight themes (3.6)

- work on better controlling plugins in general and blocking bad plugins from installing/running

- New HTML5 parser for better performance and accuracy (landed in Trunk last week)

- WebGL support so as to use hardware acceleration in graphics card for 3D calculation (already on Trunk) but could actually be used in non-graphics context

And tons of other stuff, but I think that the aforementioned are the most promising in short/middle term.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


- eletrolysis, the multiprocess architecture. The first implementation with plugins running in a different process should be for 3.7. One of the major improvements will be running the UI in a separate process so as to get a more reactive UI.


Excellent! The most noticeable performance benefits of chromium is that the ui never freezes. On firefox, a busy page can completely hog the ui.

Edited 2009-11-09 19:13 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

One thing I do know, the JIT-part that made the javascript-engine faster which was introduced in 3.5 isn't enabled in the UI, but it will be for 3.6.

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