Mozilla's MemShrink Program Brings Big Memory Savings To Firefox 7

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LatiosXT

Can we finally get per-process tabs?

Firefox seems really outdated without it (I use Firefox as my primary browser, so don't pin me as some fanboy :I)

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Dartht33bagger

I've been using FF for 4 years now and I've never had a single memory leak.  Maybe I'm just lucky?

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Brett Schealler

As nice as this sounds, FF 7 is still two whole releases away. thats like announcing Halo 4, but realeasing it over a year later...

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bloodgain

You forget that Firefox is now on a "rapid release" schedule, which is indeed a push for faster revisions, but also falsely inflates their version numbers.  FF6 should be released next week if they are on schedule (~16th).  That should put FF7 on schedule for around September 27th (6 weeks later -- the first true "rapid" revision, as they needed 2 versions to get rid of some legacy development practices).

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Brett Schealler

@bloodgain, I did hear they went rapid release, I just didn't figure it'd be, well, that rapid. I stand corrected. as it is, I have 12 tabs open and 4 addons. Guess how much memory FF5 is using? 1GB... yep they need to fix this....

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I Jedi

My issue with the rapid release updates is that while it may make Mozzila look like its keeping busy, and counter-acting Chrome's rapid release date, I think it's a blunder. I had a client the other week complain to me that when she updated Firefox to a new version, after just updating a few weeks before that, that her add-ons would no longer work. I had to explain the whole process of why her add-ons probably didn't work any longer, what we could do about it, before finally a day later the add-ons she had finally caught up to the same version as Firefox at that time. Needless to say, I told her that rather than installing the next version of Firefox, the day it comes out, to allow for about a week after a release before updating to the next version of Firefox. In that way, add-on developers had more time to figure out if there were any flaws/compatibility issues between their add-ons and Firefox.

I honestly just find it a headache with these rapid releases... Rather than just one big release every six or so months, we're now subject to small updates for the sake of competition.

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aarcane

I agree, why do they suddenly feel it's okay to release "revisions" as "versions".  I haven't seen anything to warrant a new version since FF4..  and we're almost on 7 now?  I'd expect maybe 4.3...

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PCLinuxguy

Could say the same about google chrome with it's 'releases' of revisions they keep pushing out the door. The main thing that makes me wonder WTF is that what is being so drastically changed with each one that add ons constantly need to be rewritten somehow in order to work with the new version. The only people keeping busy are the developers of the add ons to keep them working with so many users complaining that the addons are 'broken'

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thetechchild

That's the difference between Chrome and Firefox. Firefox was on a more conventional release cycle before, so for some reason add-ons are "broken" with every new release (which count as a new version now, I suppose). Chrome, while it's doing pretty much the same thing with regards to their release cycle, was built from the ground up to accommodate the fast-paced releases. It doesn't really matter one way or the other about the number of the version, so much as what they're putting into it and how practical it is (in this case, in terms of add-on compatibility).

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aarcane

Sorry, didn't mean to DP you.

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