Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by aaronb
Mozilla & Gecko clones After a number of delays, Mozilla today released version 3.6 of the successful Firefox web browser. It brings with it numerous improvements and new features, and of course speed improvements are welcomed, too.
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Speed improvements
by FreeGamer on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 13:56 UTC
FreeGamer
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2007-04-13

Every release has speed improvements. Yet, perhaps I am imagining things, but my browser experience today is generally slower than the days of Firefox 1.0 - they cram so much into a browser that despite all the performance improvements, the Web 2.0 experience requires a multi-Ghz machine with multi-Gb RAM to do things that a well designed desktop app connecting to a remote server could do a decade ago.

Oh what we sacrifice in the name of convenience. *sigh*

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RE: Speed improvements
by FooBarWidget on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:44 in reply to "Speed improvements"
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2005-11-11

I think it's that sites have become heavier, not browsers. Tons of flash, images, ads, etc.

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RE: Speed improvements
by Fergy on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:56 in reply to "Speed improvements"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Every release has speed improvements. Yet, perhaps I am imagining things, but my browser experience today is generally slower than the days of Firefox 1.0

What does Firefox 3.6 do compared to Firefox 1.0:
- Phishing and malware Protection: more memory and about 30MB of storage
- Session restore: more memory and about 1MB of storage
- Spellcheck: practically free
- better addon manager: practically free
- better web support including things like SVG: practically free
- awesomebar: more memory and about 5MB of storage

These are a few of the new features that were added to Firefox after version 1.0. Firefox uses more memory because it does more but it certainly isn´t bogged down. My guess is that you mistake the dramatic increase of website complexity with Firefox bloat. If I load Gmail, Greader and Netvibes I am already in the 250+MB range and the loading of those pages reaches 10 seconds after a reboot. This of course also happens with Google Chrome and Opera.

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RE[2]: Speed improvements
by Kroc on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 15:36 in reply to "RE: Speed improvements"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Between Firefox 1.0 and 3.6 Mozilla have fixed a massive number of memory leaks and bloat, as well as implemented a new memory manager (jmalloc) and Firefox 3.0 was shown to be the best browser for low-memory usage over time. If anything, the increase of memory used is because the increase of bloat in websites has outpaced Mozilla’s improvements!

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