The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
Posted Jun 7, 2006 21:21 UTC (Wed) by h2
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downsides are absolutely horrible memory handling, on each new firefox install I have to go in manually and set about:config to only store a cached version of the last page or two. Also turning off prefetch, which is another really bad thing to have as default, it causes all kinds of little problems. That should not have been a default setting.
There are other fixes that avoid firefox 1.5 eating up a huge chunk of your available ram, none of which should have been necessary, and none of which are applicable without doing manual about:config changes.
The gnome simple user interface coupled with limited gui user configuration options coupled with highly questionable default option choices disease seems to have crept into 1.5 to an unfortunate degree.
While I have used mozilla/phoenix/firebird/firefox since each version has come out as my default, the 1.5 had by far the most serious issues, and the worst default options, it's not uncommon to read reports of 1.5 munching upto 1/2 a gig of ram for example, that's simply absurd.
The way firefox tried to speed up page loads and history back was truly sad, when you compare it to say opera, it was just something that should not have been allowed out.
Still use firefox on linux as my default, but it was only because Konqueror did not have the same extension capability, it wasn't for firefox itself, I'd much rather use konqueror on linux if I could have the same extensions, but the extensions save firefox in this case.
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