Slow Firefox

I was commenting on this poll by Sortvind at deviantART about web browser usage, and want to share my wonderful insight with my readers. :grin:

I use Mozilla Firefox because of the great tab control, automation, nice bookmarks toolbar, no text aliasing, other add-ons, and general speediness. But it slows down a lot as I leave one window open for days (using Windows’ hibernation function at night); it’ll even lock up and make everything else slow as molasses, as it steals all the CPU cycles and RAM. I did re-install recently, switching from the portable version to the regular Windows installer, but to no avail. It surely doesn’t help that I like to keep 20 tabs open.

Firefox was originally supposed to be simple and fast, replacing the slow Mozilla suite, but with spell-checking, RSS support, history caching, etc. in the core instead of being relegated to add-ons, it’s becoming increasingly heavy-weight. Inefficiencies in the code don’t help either, though changes will mess up the plugins people love, I hear.

Incidentally, there is the same problem of slowness with WordPress; I and many other users have to use caching to stay running during traffic spikes. Though most database-driven websites use caching, it’s particularly necessary due to WordPress’ inefficiencies. And they won’t be going away or else plugins will break. At least we get lots of cool features out of it. :smile:

2 thoughts on “Slow Firefox

  1. I would reccomend Safari to you. It passes the Acid 2 test, and generally starts up faster than FireFox.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t use Macintosh, but I hear that Safari is on Windows now too. It doesn’t have the extensibility of Firefox, unfortunately (I use plugins such as IMacros and Greasemonkey). I’ve resolved to keep complaining about Firefox for now; the slowness only happens after having a lot of tabs open for several hours, so it’s probably a memory leak in the software rather than my computer or plugins (all the plugins I use are quite popular), because I read others complaining too.

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