Firefox 3 is Worth the Upgrade!

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| Sure, Firefox is algorithmically beautiful. The sad truth though is that 99%
| of people don’t appreciate this. What is appreciated is what you see on the
| screen. And in this regard, Firefox 3 does not disappoint either. The best
| improvement made was the adoption of native program controls in both
| Firefox’s controls, and in actual websites. What does this mean? Take a look
| for yourself.

Compare to Safari and IE, which are resource pigs (and proprietary).


Firefox 3's better performance and memory improvements

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| At the Mozilla "open house", Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla Corporation vice
| president of engineering said that beta 5 of Firefox 3 will come out next
| week. It will be the last beta before release candidate 1, which is due for
| May; Firefox 3 should ship in June or before, if possible. *

Mozilla speeds up Firefox

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| Firefox 3.0, released this week, is dramatically faster than its predecessor
| and rivals, benchmark tests claim -- the result of hundreds of performance
| improvements designed to make the open-source browser the best at running
| complex Web 2.0 applications, Mozilla's chief developer said this week.

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

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| The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now
| available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some
| tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in
| 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7...

Mozilla: Firefox 3 beats IE7 and Opera in memory tests

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| Work done to plug Firefox's memory leaks and reduce its RAM profile has paid
| off, two of Mozilla's engineers said Friday, as they claimed that the newest
| beta of their open-source browser uses less memory than rivals such as
| Internet Explorer and Opera.

Firefox 3 Memory Usage

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| Looking at the graph:
| * All browsers increase in memory use slightly over time, but the Firefox
| 3 slope is closer to 0.
| * The peak of Firefox 3 is lower than the terminal size of Firefox 2!
| * The terminal state of Firefox 3 is nearly 140MB smaller than Firefox 2.
| 60% less memory!
| * IE7 doesn’t appear to give any memory back, even after all the windows
| are closed!
| * Firefox 3 ends up about 400mb smaller than IE7 at the end of the test!