Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Feb 2010 22:25 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "One of the most interesting Mozilla Labs projects has now stagnated. Is the project dead? Does it have a future? The Mozilla developer who led the project tells all. Back in the summer of 2008, Mozilla began development of an experimental add-on called Ubiquity, providing new command mash-up capabilities for the Firefox browser. After just over a year of development, Mozilla is now pulling back on the effort, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been successful. The current release of Ubiquity is version 0.1.9.1, and was released on January 20th of this year. To date, Ubiquity has garnered more than 420000 downloads, according to the Mozilla add-ons site. So what is happening with Ubiquity now?"
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JOKe
Member since:
2005-10-27

Ubiquity is or was AWESOME I use it almost every day when I use firefox.. the problem now is not ubiquity or jetpack or whatever the problem is that from the most popular modern browsers only IE is worst than firefox. Firefox is slow, startup time is slow, javascript engine is slow have many many memory leaks and the old addons makes things even worst.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Firefox is slow, startup time is slow, javascript engine is slow have many many memory leaks and the old addons makes things even worst.

Opera and Chrome start a little bit faster and are about twice as fast as Firefox in javascript benchmarks. Firefox uses the least amount of memory and none of the big 5 browsers have known big memory leaks.

So are you a troll or do you know something nobody else knows?

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JOKe Member since:
2005-10-27

haha sorry dude ok I dont want to say that firefox is something BAD or something like this I really like firefox and firefox is my primary browser for development because of firebug but it has a lot of problems.
- it starts REALLY SLOW on my XP machine dont know why.
- when I use it for... 3 days without shutting down which is normal it cannot stop and if I see the memory usage it is 500mb+ sometimes even 750mb+ sometimes when I try to close it it takes 50% of my CPU and it cannot stop the memory just goes up goes up ... (maybe saving some sessions dont know) Anyway I dont like it for daily usage.
- I really like firefox because it is free software and I hope that Firefox 4 will be something different but If I was the "owner" of firefox I definitely will rewrite it from scratch with lighter version of gecko engine without XUL and etc.
- with chrome it starts very fast it has good plugins some of them are great and they are not available on firefox which is lets say strange for me.
- I use Safari just for 1 special site which is rendered best on safari ;)


P.S. I use a lot of extensions for all browsers so maybe this is the problem I have firebug, web developer, collorzilla, colored tabs, Meassure it and XMarks but even if I remove all of them the speed is not so much improved.

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rekabis Member since:
2010-02-25

@Fergy:
My copy of Firefox routinely runs at over 200Mb of memory usage after only a few hours. Even now, it’s sucking down 280Mb of memory. This is NOT NORMAL, even for a web browser. Granted, I do have more than just a few plug-ins, but most are not fluff (Adblock Plus, Tab Mix Plus, Weave Sync, TACO, BetterPrivacy, CookieMonster, FireBug, Live HTTP Headers, Source Viewer Tab, etc.)

@Joke:
I get some of the same problems, just after a much longer time period (I once used FF continuously for over a week! Ya, there was 1+GB memory used and I had shutdown problems.) It does start reasonably fast, tho.

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