Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Aug 2010 22:00 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla has announced a new alpha release of its Fennec mobile browser for Android and the Nokia N900. Fennec offers support for add-ons and has tight integration with Firefox Sync, a browser synchronization service that was formerly called Weave. The support for Firefox Sync is arguably Fennec's killer feature, especially because Mozilla is planing to include the synchronization features out-of-the-box in Firefox 4. Users will be able to have access to the their bookmarks, browsing history, and tabs across all of their computers and supported mobile devices."
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Video Demo on BetaNews
by OSGuy on Tue 31st Aug 2010 09:30 UTC
OSGuy
Member since:
2006-01-01

There was a video demo on BetaNews recently. Indeed just like its mature brother, it takes ages to start. I really don't know how can other companies make their browsers start so quickly but Mozilla cannot. I also have a feeling it has to do with the XUL based interface as everything based on XUL so far seems very slow including Thunderbird according to my observations.

I didn't even bother installing this thing on my Hero. My free RAM is hovering around 70-90% with no apps running. Launch SMS, Browser, other small utilities and it quikcly drops. Knowing FF for PC takes so much RAM, I can only imagine what will happen to my free RAM when I launch FF on my Hero and probably that battery will drain quite quickly. Not worth it. I think it's time for the FF developers to get their act together and start focusing on startup performance and resource usage otherwise people will start turning away. I switched from IE to FF about two years ago but now I am considering Chrome or IE again due to FF resource usage.

OOo got their act together....so can Mozilla.

Edited 2010-08-31 09:32 UTC

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RE: Video Demo on BetaNews
by vodoomoth on Tue 31st Aug 2010 20:09 in reply to "Video Demo on BetaNews"
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2010-03-30

Knowing FF for PC takes so much RAM, I can only imagine what will happen to my free RAM when I launch FF on my Hero and probably that battery will drain quite quickly. Not worth it.

You are drawing a conclusion based on speculations.

I switched from IE to FF about two years ago but now I am considering Chrome or IE again due to FF resource usage.

Then you shouldn't get anywhere near Opera... whose problem is definitely not startup time (where it flies) but shutdown time: the process never disappears from the task manager in under 10 seconds. I've had instances where, after 15 minutes, the process was still running. What would be so hard to do that the shutdown would take ages, I don't know.


OOo got their act together....

Very true. Some of the previous versions were a real pain as to startup speed.

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RE[2]: Video Demo on BetaNews
by WereCatf on Tue 31st Aug 2010 21:48 in reply to "RE: Video Demo on BetaNews"
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2006-02-15

You are drawing a conclusion based on speculations.

You know, everyone does base their expectations on a new thing by basing them on speculations drawn from past experiences. That is part of the learning process.

Then you shouldn't get anywhere near Opera... whose problem is definitely not startup time (where it flies) but shutdown time: the process never disappears from the task manager in under 10 seconds. I've had instances where, after 15 minutes, the process was still running. What would be so hard to do that the shutdown would take ages, I don't know.

You didn't state the platform you are using so I can't really make assumptions about that. But perhaps the shutdown took so long because of a run-away plugin instead? Or was it a beta version, maybe? What little I use Opera on my desktop to test my websites I've never had issues with it and it's always shut down as supposed to. On my N900 I use Opera as my browser of choice because it just flies on it and I've never had issues with it there either.

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