Firefox is now arguably the best browser when it comes to memory use ~ @limi
Lucas Meadows stashed this in WTF
Seriously. The Quotient of WTF-itude on this tweet is off the charts.
What kind of crack do you have to be smoking to think that Firefox isn't clearly THE VERY WORST OF THE WORST at memory management?
I don't think that Firefox is even trying to be a good consumer web browser anymore. They seem to be focusing on being a (bloaty) IDE for web developers.
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I'm clearly in the latter group! I find that after 15 minutes on a site with heavy dhtml, FF has slowed down like 50%.
And it just goes downhill from there!
Firefox's memory usage may increase if it's left open for long periods of time. A workaround for this is to periodically restart Firefox...
Then again, typing about:memory into the awesome bar seems drastic, too.
In practice I have to restart FF often.
But it often hangs and I have to do a force quit, sometimes even losing the tabs that were open.
Not that it's wise to have too many tabs open in FF in the first place.
Yes, I remember John Lilly blaming the memory leaks on add-ons.
Chrome also has add-ons, but doesn't appear to have a memory leak issue associated with them.
So I guess FF is the best browser if you're using it in a vacuum.
But I hope you're right that this next release will fix the memory management issues. If so I'll give FF another shot. At one time it was my browser of choice (it was awesome around v 2.1), but it steadily got worse and worse since then, at least for the way I use it. Without add-ons it's basically useless as a development tool.