Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Firefox 3.0.3 Memory Leaks

No matter how much I love Firefox, I'm still frequently annoyed by it's memory leak issues.

If you shutdown and restart your computer daily, you probably never even noticed it, but if you leave your computer on 24/7 for weeks or months at a time, you'll certainly know what I'm talking about.

Sure, things are getting better - previous versions required closing/restarting several times a day; things you now need only do every couple of days or once a week.

For instance, today I found Firefox wasting over 500MB of memory - something not even my regular 20 open tabs could possibly justify, as proven by closing and restarting FF with the exact same 20 tabs, resulting in a "mere" 180MB use.

Now, the question is: is it FF? is it any rogue plugin leaking memory? (even though I try to use just "well behaved plugins")

That's why I love Chrome's Task Manager, that shows you exactly what tab/page/process/plugin is using what memory.

Until we have something similar on Firefox, I guess I'll have to keep closing/relaunching it every now and then.

1 comment:

  1. Judging by how I see the Flash plugin behaving in Google Chrome, Flash is the guilty one. FF needs a task manager or "plugin manager". Someway to close or restart plugins without closing the browser.


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