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If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it's optimized for dialup connections). Here's how:

* Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Type "network.http" in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):

* Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

* Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

* Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.

* Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

It actually works..
 

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Originally Posted by Bring The Noise
step one: uninstall firefox

step two: install opera


I use both. Opera to me is like Mac - better out of the box but when I tweak Firefox (and Windows) and install extensions, etc. I prefer it.

The one feature Opera had that gave it a huge edge over Firefox was the almost instantaneous Back/Forward. Using a nightly build of Firefox right now (Minefield) and they seem to have improved that a lot. So much so that I find myself using Opera less.
 

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Originally Posted by Jumbie
I use both. Opera to me is like Mac - better out of the box but when I tweak Firefox (and Windows) and install extensions, etc. I prefer it.

The one feature Opera had that gave it a huge edge over Firefox was the almost instantaneous Back/Forward. Using a nightly build of Firefox right now (Minefield) and they seem to have improved that a lot. So much so that I find myself using Opera less.


For some reason with firefox i'd just always experience random slowdowns and huge CPU usage
i switched to opera and it seems to have improved
 

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Firefox tends to be a resource hog. I used Opera years ago, should give it another shot...
 

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Originally Posted by Bring The Noise
For some reason with firefox i'd just always experience random slowdowns and huge CPU usage

I noticed that every now and then. Not so much the slowdowns but it took tons of RAM. I always attributed it to the fact that I have approx. 50 tabs open (47 at current) at any time.


I built a new computer a few months back with faster processor and hard drive + more RAM and now I don't notice it at all.

Of course, throwing more firepower at a problem isn't usually a reasonable way to solve it.
 

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Originally Posted by Connemara
Firefox tends to be a resource hog. I used Opera years ago, should give it another shot...

It's actually pretty good but I do run into problems every now and then where a site won't work properly with it.
 

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I heard Mozilla fixed the memory leak issue and version 3 is much better in terms of speed and resource usage. I mean in Windows. FF has always been excellent in Linux from my experience. I heard it's because they were able to fix the resource issues earlier with it. Not sure if that's true. I mean it does hog up the most memory for the most part (id est when I'm not compiling, hashing/calculating or watching a 4 GB HD video), but I'd attribute that to the fact that I use light and fast programs such as vim, moc, xmonad, et cetera. So it's not really a fair comparison. As for memory usage, comparing that between Linux and Windows is pretty much impossible because of the different ways they're handled.

What I would really love to use regularly is links2, but there's no flash support or adblock. At least not to my knoweldge.
 

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Originally Posted by whodini
so far changing the settings in the OP seems to have really sped things up.
+1
 

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Firefox' killer extension is Adblock Plus. No matter where and for whom I install Firefox, Adblock Plus is the first add on that follows. Depending on the websites that you visit, there is no going back to a browser without advertisement blocking capabilities.
 

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^^^+1 also search for a program called firefoxtune or something like that. It helps to slower the memory usage of firefox.
 
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wow - great tips OP. Much faster already. Thanks.
 

KitAkira

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Webmail notifier, IE tab, adblock plus, google translator, french/english dictionaries (aka spellcheck) are the addons I use, so helpful
 

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