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Firefox 59 Arrives, Boasting More Performance Enhancements

     
9:38 am on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Firefox 59 has arrived, and Mozilla is boasting greater performance, again. Firefox Quantum was a point of wake-up for Mozilla and it realised it has fallen behind in the browser race.
This latest release has more speed enhancements, and, of course, additional functionality, such as private browsing mode that strips path information. Some new search engines are added for users in Germany and France, along with some other enhancements:-

Performance enhancements:
- Faster load times for content on the Firefox Home page
- Faster page load times by loading either from the networked cache or the cache on the userís hard drive (Race Cache With Network)
- Improved graphics rendering using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows was released in Firefox 58)

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9:54 am on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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OMTP works, but I do not know whether it is enabled by default, on Linux.

Personally, what I would most like to see from a web browser is lower CPU and memory usage. TO be fair it is probably more the fault of bloated web apps than the browsers, but it is annoying.
11:34 pm on Mar 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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...but it is annoying.

I usually have 2 FF windows open with one that has 12-15 tabs and a second with 2-4.

1.7GB of Ram, that is what it likes to use, go figure. Even on a 24GB of RAM box that is too much. It just stops working.
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I must be weird .... i have two tabs most times, one to my dev/local, the other to the web. I use the bookmark bar to "switch" between sites since I like each visit to be a full refresh, rather than static from the time I opened it. So my FF overhead is pretty low, fast, and has never crashed/bogged down.

Doesn't mean I won't open other tabs, I do when necessary, but having 10-15 open just isn't me. Can't think of that many things I need "open" at any one time. Perhaps there's nothing wrong with FF and ram, only how we (ab)use it?
11:26 pm on Mar 17, 2018 (gmt 0)

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... as I read this thread using open source Chromium .. LOL .. I've got no time at all for spyware or resource hogs