I use Firefox almost exclusively, but the one complaint I have about it is the propensity toward “memory leaks”. It ends up committing way too much RAM, which I have tried to address (unsuccessfully to date) by creating new integer and Boolean values.
Good news—the Mozilla Foundation extensively changed the memory handling so Firefox 3.0 no longer “hogs” system RAM to cache web sites. After all, web site caching is less needed with more and more Internet users now on broadband connections.
I’m using Firefox 22.214.171.124 right now. I’ll upgrade to 3.0 RC on Tuesday. I switched to Firefox primarily because Netscape went belly up. The Mozilla family browsers (Firefox and Netscape) were the first to have tabbed browsing. I remember how much fun it was to bounce easily between web sites on election night 2004. I couldn’t do that with the Microsoft browser.
I love Firefox also. But I downloaded this thing called NoScript that is an addon for Firefox. I was ok with it at first, but now it’s blocking me from accessing my Yahoo mail. I’ve searched and cannot find how to uninstall it. It’s not listed on the Programs on the Control Panel. Anyone have any ideas? I’m considering that since the new version is coming out I’ll just uninstall the version I have now and download the new one. I’m hoping that will fix this irritation I’ve created for myself!
I’ve been using the betas of version 3 and the newest “release” and the memory problems have been resolved. They’ve plugged the leaks.
Regarding memory leaks, I haven’t been troubled by them for several years since installing an automatic memory recovery utility called Memturbo. I have version 2 installed but looking tonight I see they are up to version 4. There may also be competing similar programs out there, I never really looked.
My biggest complaint is that every time they change some tiny something in Firefox in order to claim it’s a new version, your extensions and themes are broken. I’ll wait a while before checking this one out.