Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Dec 2009 17:28 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "The Mozilla development community has rolled out the latest beta of its Firefox 3.6 browser. In addition to the usual round of bug fixes, Firefox 3.6 beta version 5, comes with a number of new features and performance enhancements. The browser offers the ability for users to easily reskin the browsers with a new visual theme. The new version can also run scripts asynchronously, which should speed load times of pages that have multiple scripts. The new release also aims to appease cutting-edge developers, with support for various new standards."
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Call me when Mac support no longer sucks
by theosib on Fri 18th Dec 2009 18:06 UTC
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The day I can walk away from my MacBook Pro and not have Firefox cause the battery to drain to nothing because the machine can't go to sleep after being inactive, I'll considering using Firefox again.

Oh, and Firefox is a huge CPU hog. Load the same set of idle (no animations or flash) web pages in Firefox and Safari, and Firefox will use several times as much CPU load.

I had switched to Firefox from Safari because Firefox has way better memory management. For the same web pages, Firefox uses way less memory, and it's good about returning memory to the OS when you close tabs. The problem is that Firefox uses additonal CPU time for each open tab. Instead of being event-driven, it does lots of polling, I guess. So to reduce CPU usage to an acceptable level (so I can move the notebook around without being teathered), I end up closing pages anyhow. So what's the point? I have to minimize open pages due to memory usage on Safari of Firefox due to CPU overhead. So I switched back to Safar, because then the machine will actually sleep like it should. (And Safari looks prettier, and has resizable edit fields and works well on the Mac. And with Saft, it has good enough ad-blocking and crash protection.)

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Ruahine Member since:

Sounds like the browser you're really after is Camino

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bousozoku Member since:

Sounds like the browser you're really after is Camino

If they take so long for the next big update, Camino won't be anyone's choice. I gave it up a long time ago.

The Firefox 3.6 nightly builds have been so good from alpha through the current 3.6.6pre beta. If they can get the plug-in compliance up past 70 %, it would be good. Who wants to go without a specific plug-in that hasn't worked past version 3.0.x?

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theosib Member since:

Apparently not. I just tried the latest Camino, and it has some of the same bugs. For instance, it too prevents Macs from sleeping.

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