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Old 08-06-17, 05:12 AM
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Good old fast Firefox is back

Since version 20 it's never been this fast:

Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Firefo....237000.0.html

More than 1500 tabs in just 15 seconds:


https://fossbytes.com/firefox-55-1500-tabs-15-seconds/
This is good news. I have Google Chrome but rarely use it. Still using Firefox.
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Old 08-06-17, 08:23 AM
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Love Firefox; it's fast, secure, and does well on privacy. Read Ahead of the Curve and the author goes to a job interview at Google and he sees this big screen showing random search results. Going to stick to using Firefox as much as possible, and try to stay off Google as much as I can.
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Something is wrong with FF on my computer. It uses ever more memory and eventually grinds to a halt. Then I exit the program, and it still shows up on my task manager as a background process. I need to End Task from there.

Maybe this is the upgrade which will fix it.
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Old 08-06-17, 05:52 PM
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Using FF right now but have been testing the waters with Opera. Hey any other old farts remember when Opera was advertised as fitting on a diskette?? If you have to ask what a diskette is then keep to yourself

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Old 08-06-17, 09:13 PM
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

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Something is wrong with FF on my computer. It uses ever more memory and eventually grinds to a halt. Then I exit the program, and it still shows up on my task manager as a background process. I need to End Task from there.

Maybe this is the upgrade which will fix it.
What version you have?
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Old 08-06-17, 09:36 PM
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

Been using Pale Moon for the last 2 or 3 years because Firefox got so bloated, slow, and ugly that I couldn't run it anymore. Didn't want to use Chrome because it was a resource hog and IMHO has privacy issues (and is the source of Firefox's ugly). This is potentially good news for me, Pale Moon has gone through numerous growing pains but right now seems to have most of its issues ironed out. Media plays smoother than it has in several updates, haven't had any noteworthy bugs, but I'm still curious about Firefox.

I got my wife and me on Pale Moon shortly after Firefox adopted its Australis interface and was being hailed as a Chrome clone, it got so bloated and slow I couldn't stand it anymore. Pale Moon advertised itself as Firefox without all the bloat, and it is faster than Firefox. But I've seen a recent article which suggests Firefox is ready to take back its crown from Chrome. We'll just have to wait and see about that.

I wonder if I can run Firefox and Pale Moon on my computer together without them fighting with each other.
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

Okay... so Firefox takes, like, five minutes to launch for everyone else, too? It's not just me, then?
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Old 08-07-17, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Okay... so Firefox takes, like, five minutes to launch for everyone else, too? It's not just me, then?
You mean like at first starting up?
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Old 08-07-17, 02:47 AM
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

It's not my primary browser but Vivaldi (from a former Opera developer) works nicely and swiftly improving. Firefox's issues drove me to use Vivaldi more and more.
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What version you have?
I just changed from v. 54 to v. 55 Beta.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Okay... so Firefox takes, like, five minutes to launch for everyone else, too? It's not just me, then?
The Firefox fanboys will tell you the only real way to test is to disable add-ons and extensions. I do admit that when I open the help menu and select "Restart with add-ons disabled" it is faster. Also I seem to recall discussions about 32 vs. 64 bit versions and add-ons/extensions. For now I use v54.0.1 32 bit under win10
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Old 08-07-17, 08:43 PM
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I only have 2 add-on/extensions to my FF, and it still grinds and takes forever to start as well.

I think it's the way it keeps history that drags it down. Once I just wiped all it's history, and it went back to working decently - not fast, just noticeably faster than before the history-wipe.
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Old 08-07-17, 09:57 PM
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No problems here, but I do use a 2016 Acer desktop. I have 8 add-ons currently installed.
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Old 08-07-17, 10:29 PM
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From most of the comments here, I think I'll just stick to Pale Moon until I start seeing more positive feedback about this "new and improved" Firefox. I have an older computer on a 7mb connection (can't afford newer/better) and I don't want to wait longer than I absolutely have to, to navigate the internet.
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

I've used Firefox for years, but switched to Vivaldi a few months ago because of the increasing memory problems and eventual slow-downs. I use it as a backup for posting cartoons here because Vivaldi doesn't seem to be able to do links as well. Just checked my version - 54.0.blah - but says I'm up to date. I'll keep an eye out for the update.
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I switched to Chrome a while ago because that could play YouTube videos at high frame rate and Firefox couldn't, but checking it now I see that it now can:

It still can't get Dolby-encoded sound from the Dolby website demo though, right now only Microsoft Edge can do that and it's still too much of a pain to use for anything else.
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Old 08-11-17, 03:50 AM
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I don't see any difference since the last version. No complaints because it's still fast and snappy. I also can't tell the speed difference between firefox and chrome. They both work marvelous. I just dislike the look of tabs on Chrome.
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I use FF Nightly v.57, and it just killed add-ons. I lost the use of NoScript for now. Kinda sucks, but in the long run it will be faster, leaner, and more stable. Hopefully the add-ons I use all get converted to Web Extensions.
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I tried the latest firefox, then loaded up a webpage that was filled with youtube links. I think the browser damn near had a heart attack. Back to Chrome!
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Old 08-11-17, 03:31 PM
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I use FF Nightly v.57, and it just killed add-ons. I lost the use of NoScript for now. Kinda sucks, but in the long run it will be faster, leaner, and more stable. Hopefully the add-ons I use all get converted to Web Extensions.
If I lose No-script on Firefox I guess I have no choice but to use Chrome.

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I tried the latest firefox, then loaded up a webpage that was filled with youtube links. I think the browser damn near had a heart attack. Back to Chrome!
That is weird you have that problem because all the YT vids pop up for me quickly and nicely.
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Re: Good old fast Firefox is back

I see on other boards many recommendations for a new browser called Brave, particularly for those giving up on Firefox.
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If I lose No-script on Firefox I guess I have no choice but to use Chrome.
I'm using uMatrix now... it has a bit more of a learning curve than NoScript, but actually offers more options and does the same thing.
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Firefox 55 doesn't play 1440p or 4K on YouTube for me.

Edit: I disabled hardware acceleration and it works now.

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Old 08-23-17, 04:04 PM
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Okay, tried the new firefox, and while it's fine when it's up and running, it now takes FOREVER to get up and running.

Like, after I click it on and go to a site (any site), after about 10 seconds of being usable, it freeze, hangs and becomes unresponsive for about 2 to five fucking minutes! The rest of my PC works fine during this time - I can play videos, music, open documents, etc, but for the first few minutes of opening it, the newest update of firefox refuses to work. Once that 2 to 5 minutes is over, it's fine, and runs like it should. So what I do is just always keep it open.
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Old 08-28-17, 05:36 PM
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Crap, just loaded the Xfinity home page and it's loaded with ads in Firefox (55.0.3 I think). Look and see uBlock Origin is now listed as "legacy" and stopped working. For some reason other Plugins are also showing Legacy but they seem to work (some not all). Saw comment earlier about Vivaldi and installed and played around with setting it up. Heck, LastPass and uBlock work so I'm happy. Seems pretty fast also. This may be my default. Oh yeah, I guess I really should not complain at free browser in any case.
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