One of the reasons for Mozilla’s recent drop in popularity has to do with its memory consumption. While the latest version Firefox 5, hasn’t been too bad, it’s been a problem plaguing Mozilla’s browser, for a while now. A fix to this problem might soon be in sight. The common problem has been sourced to the browser’s Javascript garbage collector, which clears out garbage after a certain interval. This will be repeated more often so memory is cleared faster. There are some other updates as well – specifically to Firefox’s Sync feature, which will sync in realtime. Font rendering also has been improved in the latest built.

Emphasis on memory optimization

Emphasis on memory optimization

If you want to take a look at how well the feature works, go ahead and check out Firefox’s Aurora channel to download one of the latest development builds. If you’re already using it, it’s only a matter of updating it. The memory optimization feature has been implemented there. The latest Aurora build isn’t working towards Firefox 6, but Firefox 7. Understand this is a an early build and instability and bugs are going to be present. We’ll have to wait and see if this memory optimizer fix will cure problems brought in by plugins installed on Firefox.

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