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Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 browser uses memory much more efficiently than its rivals, according to an independent tester who wrote a memory-monitoring utility to track usage by Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Flock, Opera and Safari.
Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox 3.0 browser uses memory much more efficiently than its rivals, according to an independent tester who wrote a memory-monitoring utility to track usage by Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Flock, Opera and Safari.
Firefox is a well known success case. I ’ve been using it for years and version 3 (which is almost ready) has great improvements. Opera has been around for years and it’s a stable browser, known for innovations in the browsing experience. So, after seeing the cool new features of Firefox, I was curious at what Opera was offering these days.
For most users, Firefox doesn't use an abnormally large amount of memory. For others, however, Firefox's memory consumption is a major problem (Especilaly for people using old computers with limited memory resources), in same cases memory usage in Firefox is due some to other sources, like number of plug-ins, themes and extensions.
Numerous users of the latest version of the Firefox web browser (3.0.4 released yesterday) are reporting memory issues causing the browser to freeze up or crash. Firefox 2 was plagued with memory management issues, but users had thought Mozilla had put these behind them with Firefox 3.
I love Firefox. Addons (extensions and themes) are the icing on the foxy cake. However, installation always requires a restart. Firefox needs to take a leaf out of Opera's book and install and run without a restart.
However, weep no more with envy at Opera. You can now add and run themes dynamically in Firefox with the Persona extensions. Once installed you can change themes on the fly. These themes are accessed online from Mozilla Labs. Easy and lots of fun. Follow the link above and try them out
In mid-2008, Opera 9.5 became available for download just ahead of Firefox 3.0. Now, Opera has moved one step further, and as of October 8, it is offering version 9.6 of its browser. Opera 9.6 brings enhancements across the table, although at its heart it is labeled as a security and stability update.