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After many years watching projects come and go.. I can only say that Blizzards's comments are spot on and need to be repeated when any project is started that wants to change the world.
lca2007: Christopher Blizzard
Posted Jan 18, 2007 4:33 UTC (Thu) by roelofs (guest, #2599)
Agreed, but...there's a certain dissonance between what he says and what he (er, the project) actually does. Items that come to mind include Firefox's insatiable memory appetite, the removal of MNG support even as a compile-time option ("driving from the front" by waiting on standards groups?), the burial of any number of useful and not-that-advanced options in the hideous about:config page, the abysmal performance of the bookmark manager... And those are just the ones I can remember because they interest me; I've seen lots of other examples reported by other folks.
I understand that some of it has to do with resources--certainly their Bugzilla is a huge target, given the size of their userbase. But that goes only so far; some of the decisions are inexplicable and, yes, even user-hostile (e.g., moving one of the image-related options, perhaps loop-once or load-only-from-same-site, to about:config, if I recall correctly).
Load-only-from-same-site considered useful
Posted Jan 22, 2007 17:47 UTC (Mon) by Max.Hyre (subscriber, #1054)
Posted Jan 24, 2007 0:50 UTC (Wed) by ldo (subscriber, #40946)
...Firefox's insatiable memory appetite...
I'm not sure I see that. I've had Firefox 18.104.22.168 running continuously now for about 4 weeks on my 64-bit Gentoo system, I currently have 6 windows and 11 tabs open, and it's using about 360MiB of RAM. Is that bad?
Posted Jan 26, 2007 4:01 UTC (Fri) by roelofs (guest, #2599)
Oh my, yes (IMHO)... Mine's been running close to 9 weeks, has 4 regular windows open (closed two or three earlier today) plus the bookmark manager, has a total of 9 tabs, and it's using 100MB (RSS). I consider even that rather hefty, though I've definitely seen worse. (A Netscape 4.x instance hit 950MB once... That was after running for 4-6 months, but still--it wasn't a pretty sight, particularly when it locked up. NN4 never liked big tables...)
Btw, I have a parallel instance of Moz 1.7.10 running: same uptime, 3 windows + bookmark mangler, 8 tabs, 65MB (RSS). That's much more reasonable, but then again, I don't work it quite as hard, either.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 7:15 UTC (Fri) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
And, once it cruises past 600 MB, Firefox gets unbelievably slow. Click on a tab, wait for 1 second of 100% CPU before it responds, stuff like that. I don't know what's different between your 22.214.171.124 and mine, ldo, but I envy you.
I wonder if it has to do with the types of sites one visits.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 9:51 UTC (Fri) by ldo (subscriber, #40946)
That's impossible! On my 64 bit system running 126.96.36.199 it only takes me about 1/2 day of browsing to hit 900 MB.
Do you have nspluginwrapper installed to enable the Adobe Flash plug-in? When I did, my Firefox would only run for a couple of days at a time before I started incurring major disk thrashing and slowness. Since I removed nspluginwrapper, Firefox has stayed up non-stop. At least 4 weeks, like I said.
Darn--there doesn't seem to be any easy way to get the exact date and time my Firefox process started--all ps is showing is "2006" ...
Posted Jan 26, 2007 17:03 UTC (Fri) by roelofs (guest, #2599)
Heh...I had the same problem initially, but I found you can use either -o bsdstart or -o start=WIDE-START-COLUMN to get the day and month, at least.
P.S. No Flash, no Java here.
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