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  # 452359 27-Mar-2011 12:15
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I installed FF4 for Mac on Thursday. It crashed 3 times on Thursday, but Friday was relatively "stable", with FF only winking out of existence once that day. I'm gonna give it a little bit longer, but if this instability keeps up I'll probably be switching back to Safari or giving Chrome another bash (rendering irregularities on some sites initially put me off).

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  # 452378 27-Mar-2011 13:23
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simon14: Chrome 19,000k
IE9 33,000k
Firefox4 60,000k


more details? how many tabs? screenshot? i open 35 tabs earlier this morning with at least 5 sites that use flash heavily. firefox still uses less than 600MB for me but chrome reaching 1GB





 
 
 
 


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  # 452384 27-Mar-2011 13:35
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simon14: Chrome 19,000k
IE9 33,000k
Firefox4 60,000k


more details? how many tabs? screenshot? i open 35 tabs earlier this morning with at least 5 sites that use flash heavily. firefox still uses less than 600MB for me but chrome reaching 1GB


That was a test with all browsers open with only 1 tab on the geekzone homepage.
 

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  # 452466 27-Mar-2011 17:19
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freitasm:
richms: IMO, it is still inexcusable the amount it takes, at least its not like some other browsers that crap all over your computer with many many processes, seemingly one or 2 per tab (cough IE cough)


And Chrome. On the other hand, if a tab crashes, it won't take down the whole browser.
   


That is the theory at least, although in practice it doesnt always work that way.

There is a spin-off project of FF that is working towards making FF use the same architecture (seperate process per tab) yet it is a huge change, and while it has been around for a while it is going to take a long time to make these changes and then integrate them back in to the main FF trunk.

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  # 452468 27-Mar-2011 17:22
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Well I am happy enough with flash being moved to another process since thats the usual one that takes incredible amounts of ram. Just killed plugin-container because it was hitting 1.4 gigs ram used. All I had done in that browser was watch a ustream and the associated chat.




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  # 452473 27-Mar-2011 17:26
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richms: Well I am happy enough with flash being moved to another process since thats the usual one that takes incredible amounts of ram. Just killed plugin-container because it was hitting 1.4 gigs ram used. All I had done in that browser was watch a ustream and the associated chat.


Generally I find the biggest issue I have with FF4 is the flash player always causing errors. I have FF4 and Chrome installed at home and work, and most of the time I will watch videos in Chrome just because it seems more stable.

If it wasnt for the new panorama and group tab stuff you can do in FF4, I would probably have given up on it by now. But now that I'm used to having a different tab group for each project I'm working on plus another one for my personal stuff, I couldnt imagine not having things setup like that in a browser.

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  # 452475 27-Mar-2011 17:30
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8d52797c436:

If it wasnt for the new panorama and group tab stuff you can do in FF4, I would probably have given up on it by now. But now that I'm used to having a different tab group for each project I'm working on plus another one for my personal stuff, I couldnt imagine not having things setup like that in a browser.


I have seperate instances of firefox to handle that, with their own bookmarks synced via xmarks. Means that crap like that facebook snooping doesnt worry me as much as the profile I use facebook in doesnt see much other use.

Also sorts out that mess that is google accounts since the multiple login thing has never worked properly IME




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I never found Firefox to be a memory hog.. In fact I fond it to be the lightest on my system... But the thing that im not sure about with fx 4 is that things seem to take longer to load.. They say that its the fastest version of fx yet... but I seem to have to wait that little bit longer for webpages and videos to load... Is it just me? or everyone?

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Hmm, have you tried disabling all your addons or running FF in safe-mode on the same page?

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  # 452651 28-Mar-2011 09:49
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kyhwana2: Hmm, have you tried disabling all your addons or running FF in safe-mode on the same page?


My only addon was Firefox Sync which Chrome has built in anyway. 

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  # 452842 28-Mar-2011 17:41
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simon14:
kyhwana2: Hmm, have you tried disabling all your addons or running FF in safe-mode on the same page?


My only addon was Firefox Sync which Chrome has built in anyway. 


Firefox 4 has inbuilt sync, perhaps this addon is causing a conflict/problem?

Obviously huge memory usage is indicative of a problem but comparing "normal" memory usage is meaningless.... 

You want your browser to cache things in memory instead of reading them from disk/internet or redoing processing/parsing.  Higher memory usage is often better for performance!



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