Firefox Revamped: Update Brings Speed & Efficiency Boost!

In summary, the conversation discusses the recent update to Mozilla Firefox and how it has significantly improved in terms of speed and memory usage. Various users have tried alternative browsers such as Chrome and Vivaldi, with some preferring Vivaldi for its customizable features and ability to install Chrome extensions. The conversation also mentions a new user converting to Vivaldi and being impressed with its tab organization. One user, however, does not notice a difference with the Firefox update due to their internet connection.
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MarkFL
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Earlier today, when I saw that Firefox was installing an update when I fired it up, I did my usual groaning facepalm and wondered what I might find broken this time. I've been a faithful Firefox user since 2004, shortly after it appeared on the market. But in recent years, my loyalty has been waning as the browser seemed to get less and less useful, more bloated and slow and leak memory like a sieve. I've been seriously considering finding a new browser, and have toyed with Chrome and Vivaldi. Both are nice browsers, but I don't like change and I like Mozilla's open source not-for-profit stance and their respect for user privacy.

When the update finished, I discovered this is the biggest update in Firefox history:

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It is reported that, the new Firefox performs today at speeds twice as fast as just six months ago and uses about 30 percent less memory or RAM than Chrome. My initial reaction is that it is fast and fluid, and the new interface looks great. I recommend that anyone who migrated away from Firefox because of performance issues give this new update a try...I am loving it so far. (Yes)
 

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Hey Mark; thanks for that - I'm always interested in more speed. I've installed this product on my Linux system and it's noticeably faster. I'll post more after I give it a few days.
 
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Thank you, this is good news.

If you - like me - run a Linux distribution that only offers Firefox ESR ("extended support release") as an official package, you can see from the time line schematic that a new ESR release is expected only in Spring 2018. (There will be point releases in between, but as far as I understand, these will not include "Quantum" features.)

So, perhaps I will just download directly from Mozilla, do a home directory install and give it a try. I am curious.
 
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Still not as fast as Vivaldi. I'm going to stick with Vivaldi for a while, even though BB codes behave weirdly on MHB during editing (always pushes the codes to the beginning of the post, for some strange reason).
 
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Sometimes this process listed as "Web Content" in my ps table shows up, chewing up about 90% CPU usage and a large (about 60%) chunk of my RAM. Other than that it's ok.
 
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Been trying it out since reading this... It's great! Makes me wonder why I've been using Chrome for this long (Smirk).
 
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Joppy said:
Been trying it out since reading this... It's great! Makes me wonder why I've been using Chrome for this long (Smirk).

Firefox is now what Chrome used to be, fast, lightweight, non-invasive.
Chrome is none of that anymore. ;)
 
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I like Serena said:
Firefox is now what Chrome used to be, fast, lightweight, non-invasive.
Chrome is none of that anymore. ;)

Indeed. I've been living under a rock!
 
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Vivaldi's nice, methinks! ;)
 
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greg1313 said:
Vivaldi's nice, methinks! ;)

Never heard of that before this thread... Tried it out too, very nice! The way everything is customizable is great.
 
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Thanks to everyone giving positive comments on Vivaldi.

Remembering this thread from a few months ago, yesterday I decided to cheat on Firefox with Vivaldi. It felt very good. I particularly like the "tab stacking" and "tab tiling" for keeping things organized. It is also worthwhile to know that Vivaldi let's you install Chrome extensions, so you can keep using what you are familiar with, or find a close alternative.
 
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Krylov said:
Thanks to everyone giving positive comments on Vivaldi.

Remembering this thread from a few months ago, yesterday I decided to cheat on Firefox with Vivaldi. It felt very good. I particularly like the "tab stacking" and "tab tiling" for keeping things organized. It is also worthwhile to know that Vivaldi let's you install Chrome extensions, so you can keep using what you are familiar with, or find a close alternative.

I've almost completely converted :). I didn't know about being able to keep Chrome extensions though. Nice!
 
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It has already been bugging me for a while that in Firefox I just don't have a clear overview over the open tabs.
Even worse, I have to continuously scroll back and forth to get to an open tab.
So after all the positive comments here, I finally decided to give Vivaldi a go.
It looks promising! (Happy)
 
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I have Quantum and I don't see any difference. Then again I'm only getting 2 GB from my cable hookup.

-Dan
 

Related to Firefox Revamped: Update Brings Speed & Efficiency Boost!

1. What are the key updates in Firefox Revamped?

The new update for Firefox includes several performance-enhancing features such as improved page loading speed, reduced memory usage, and enhanced tracking protection.

2. How does the update improve page loading speed?

The update utilizes a new caching system that allows frequently visited websites to load faster by storing commonly used elements in the browser's memory.

3. How does the update reduce memory usage?

Firefox Revamped uses a more efficient memory management system that prioritizes active tabs and reduces the memory usage of inactive tabs. This results in a smoother browsing experience and less strain on the computer's resources.

4. How does the enhanced tracking protection work?

The update includes an improved tracking protection feature that blocks known trackers and ads from collecting your browsing data, providing a more private and secure browsing experience.

5. Is Firefox Revamped available for all devices?

Yes, the update is available for all devices that support Firefox, including desktop and mobile devices. Users can download the latest version from the official Firefox website.

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