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Re: Firefox Running Slow in Linux



On Fri, 2009-02-06 at 19:28 +0100, Clemens Eisserer wrote:
> The problems with FireFox "beeing slow" has two different reaons:
> 
> 1.) FireFox UI is slow / Scrolling is slow:
> Your video driver does not accalerated XRender well, or is slow for
> other reaons. (While scrolling and running top, is FireFox eating all
> the CPU or Xorg?)
> FireFox just sends drawing commands to the X-Server, if the drivers
> are broken its not FireFox fault.
> 
> 2.) FireFox takes long to load / close:
> FireFox does exactly the same on Windows as well as on Linux, but Ext3
> completly dies when FireFox issues fflush commands to make sure all
> files have been written appropriate.

3) Firefox is a memory hog.  Version 3.1x is supposed to fix this
problem.  Its in beta 2 right now.

Yesterday I was doing some online buying/investigating whereby I had 8+
tabs open with a bunch of product images on each tab page.   Firefox
outright stalled if I opened one too many.  It would become totally
unresponsive for 20 to 60 seconds at times.

For the fun of it, I opened the same 8 tabs with Konqueror and it didn't
bat an eye. 

For the record, I am running a T8300 processor with 4 GB of RAM.

Luckily I don't do this sort of thing very often.  I have high hopes
that Firefox 3.1 will be better in this regard.  


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