mozilla developer news March 18
In this issue…
* Firefox 3 Memory usage
* Mozilla QA Companion released
* Mozilla at SXSW
* John Lilly and Mike Schroepfer interviewed by Matt Asay
* Effortless Good Firefox Add-on
* The Year of the Gecko
* Executive Director search update
* Last chance for free t-shirts!
* Firefox 3’s AwesomeBar changes for Beta 4
* Developer calendar
* Subscribe to the email newsletter
Firefox 3 Memory usage
As the web and web browsers have matured, people have started expecting different things from them. When Firefox was first released, few people were browsing with tabs or using large numbers of add-ons. As browser usage patterns have changed, so too have Mozilla’s strategies on how to effectively make use of system resources such as memory. A large number of changes have been made to the platform Firefox 3 is built on, including many that aim to reduce the browser’s memory footprint. The results have been dramatic, particularly in the recently released Firefox 3 Beta 4, with tests showing that Firefox 3 now beats memory usage numbers of all other modern web browsers.
Stuart Parmenter discusses Firefox 3’s memory usage in a post on his weblog. Several follow-up posts expand upon the discussion, including on weblogs by John Resig, Tristan Nitot, and Chris Blizzard. Ars Technica has also written an article about this topic.