The Mozilla Firefox web browser has quite the bad image when it comes to memory efficiency. You see claims all over the Internet that the browser is eating up more memory than other browsers. Comparisons often are not entirely fair to begin with, considering that most Firefox users have their fair share of add-ons installed in the browser which add to the browser's overall memory consumption.
More interesting in regards to the browser's memory efficiency and footprint are Firefox 10, or maybe Firefox 11. Firefox 10, which is currently available as a Nightly release (think of it as regularly released alpha versions that are not suitable for productive environments, may be the version of the browser that changes the user perception from a memory eating browser to a slim and efficient one.
The majority of those memory optimizations will likely land in Firefox 10 or Firefox 11. Firefox users who now head over to the Nightly repository to download the latest Firefox 10 version right away will notice that the browser is not really showing any memory footprint improvements right now. Improving the browser's memory efficiency is a work in progress.
What's your take on browser memory consumption and speed? Is Firefox really that heavy on RAM usage?
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