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Windows 7: Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

13 Jan 2011   #11

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Don't take the warnings on "face value"

I been using the betas for a while now (since beta2).

Some add-ons are broken, but a lot of my add-ons (that have been reported as "incompatible") still work exactly the same as far as I can tell (i.e they still do what I installed them to do).

  • The new Firefox button is awful.
  • Tabs-on-top is awful.
  • The new add-ons bar is awful.

You can turn off the "improved" GUI changes (I recommend that you do).

I'll never understand why people think that having no control (over a program) is a good thing.
What's the point of having add-ons, if you can't control them when you need to?

It seems faster than FF 3.6, which is a plus.

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13 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate

you dont have to use tabs on top, the add-on bar and the mode that shows the button
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13 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc View Post
I know I'm going to sound naive - but is there a comprehensive list of improvements?
My biggest concern is it's leaching of memory (as with most FF users).
Not too fond of the Opera styling - I like variety between my browsers (FF, IE9, Opera, SRiron) - That's what makes me curious is the different stylings and operational offerings of each. I'm sure that's just the default skin.
Windows 7 HP x64
RAM - 4 GB
Processor - Athlon 240

Firefox 4.0B8
Addons - 20
Internet Security Suite - Avast IS 5.1.889 latest one available

The memory usage is basically okay. However certain websites that are very heavy on Java scripts and Flash can eat up memory and sometimes even temporarily freeze Firefox if the scripts are questionable and need to scanned by AIS.

The problem is that sometimes Firefox memory is not released when webpages that use a lot of memory, i.e. heavy in Java script and Flash files, are closed.

To compensate for this I use SmartRAM which is part of the iObit Advanced Systems Care program. SmartRAM is memory resident with a small footprint. It can release sometimes over 500MB of memory in under 10 seconds.

If it SmartRAM fails to release enough memory for my satisfaction I just close Firefox and then reopen it. One of my addons is Session Manager which saves and reloads the open tabs. Closing and reloading Firefox which I do maybe a couple of times a day and I am a heavy internet user, also takes under 10 seconds unless Firefox needs to update a addon when it is reloaded then it might take 15 seconds tops to reload.

While I would prefer to not have use SmarfRAM and close and reload Firefox a couple of times a day the whole process takes maybe one minute a day so it is no big deal.

Windows 7 x64 does a good job of handling memory and I might be okay without using SmartRAM but I am more comfortable using it.

I tend to keep between 7 - 10 tabs open all day long. I don't know if keeping fewer tabs open would reduce the memory usage if the webpages open are those that are heavy in Java Script and Flash because Firefox may still not release memory even with fewer tabs kept open.
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14 Jan 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

waiting for this : )
thanks for the good news
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