I am currently posting this from Firefox 9 on Linux. Not installed to /usr or for other users other than my /home profile.
It is the fastest browser hands down at loading pages. None of the usual wait as the page parses stuff that we have come to expect with Mozilla.
IE 9 is good, Chrome is great but this is in a league all by itself...it is almost as if everything is already cashed. But I know it isn't because I have not posted on this site in a long time and it came up like changing channels on a tv.. No lag in the add up top or numerous css loaded boxes and js
stuff that this forum has to do to make this post possible.
Hands down it is the fastest java-script and css handling browser.. Now I will look into the dreaded memory usage problems that all the Windows guys seem to think are the reason why Firefox is not as popular as it once was.
Lets see I have 6 tabs up, am on several different pages that require lots of plugs and other stuff and am also listening to Radio Mozart http://listen.radionomy.com/radio-mozart.m3u
on another tab.
Firefox is using 112 meg allocated 32 of which is shared by helper apps. And that is Firefox complete unlike other software which uses an engine that has a different pid that is on all the time.
So yes if you consider what software used in 1995 it is a huge memory hog.
But it does not freeze the system or not release memory and get aside when you ignore it and use other software.
It comes down to what good is boasting about the fact that you have 8 gig of ram and your only using 400 meg of it so it must be really efficient...when nothing could be further from the truth.
I am currently using 397 meg of ram with an additional 300 meg swapped out and my system has tons left on board for running a DLNA server, ffmpeg or serveral more ram intensive things at the same time..I only have 1.5 gig on my old IBM laptop. ( swapped out processes are not what they used to be they no longer mean you will be writing to and from disk instead of actually processing things) Besides which with modern OSes you can easily change the level at which the memory stack will send sleeping process to disk. If you have gobs of ram why write to disk at all.
So to say that Firefox is a memory hog is fallacious nonsense. It only lacks the fact that the HTML engine it uses is not embedded like explorer.exe is.
The fact that it is fast is amazing considering the disadvantage of not having your core engine launch at boot!
Remember the bad old days having to load up a system tray launcher just to let Firefox load as fast as IE? Well bring it back! Cause this browser rocks ...now if it would only load as fast as IE on Windows
This beats any browsing experience I have seen to date.