Firefox 7 To Use Up to 50 Percent Less Memory

When Mozilla launches Firefox 7 towards the end of September, the memory usage will be a lot less. On average tests have been said to be about 20 to 30 percent although in some cases the saving is as high as 50 percent. The developers have worked on memory leaks and also optimised in other ways to achieve the drop in usage.

The project to shrink memory usage is called MemShrink and started up about 2 months ago.

“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less,” Nethercote said in a blog post Tuesday. “This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts.”

Hopefully Mozilla will get it right this time as I’ve personally seen issues with memory problems on the browser and as much as I like it, it gets frustrating to use sometimes. If they will get it right this time around as to tempt a number of users back to the browser.

When version 3 was launched it fixed a number of the problems but as new features were added the problems came back due to unoptimised code.

The new version is said to release memory quicker when not needed and also release the memory when each tab is closed. Hopefully it will prevent the need of ending the task and starting it up again.

The release date of Firefox 7 is expected to be September 27.


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