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    Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    I switched to the latest version of Firefox but it seems to be much slower to startup. I'm wondering if this is because Tab Mix Plus is heavier than Tab Browser Preferences and Tab Clicking Options which I used to use. I thought one extension would be better than two but now I'm wondering. What do you all think of the speed differences between Firefox versions?

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    I've noticed no discernable difference between the versions. If anything, 1.5 has proven more stable and has fewer quirks than its predecessor.

    If you're experiencing a slowdown, I would suspect it to be caused by something unique to your configuration and not to the browser itself.
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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    I have found little difference in speed, if anything it is a bit faster.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    As usual, it may be in the eye of the beholder! I'm a little behind in my reading and just got around to reading Scot Finnie's December 2005 newsletter. He (and evidently others) are having problems with FF 1.5 and Scot recommends holding off on it for awhile. Read it here: Scot's Newsletter | By Scot Finnie | December 2005

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    It may be just my imagination, but I think 1.5 is slower (at least on my system) than 1.0.7. One thing that has reappeared is the misalignment of columns from section to section on the Lounge Main Index page. I experienced this in earlier versions (in fact I think I remember a thread on this topic) but this problem did not crop up at all while using 1.0.7. A quick Reload rectifies this, but I'm disappointed that it's happening again.
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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    I don't see this at all. There must be something in the set-up that causes it but I have no idea what.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    I see the strange column widths from time to time, but I try not to let it bother me. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    The startup time for Firefox in general is long, presumably because it had to load all its own components rather than using IE components. Whether it's any longer with 1.5 than 1.0.7 I really don't know. I try never to close the browser completely once I've opened it.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    The combination and type of extensions may be causing issues with some of you. As with any software when something needs to be re-written to accomodate a major change some quirkiness will occur until the bugs are squashed. Try disableing your extensions one at a time for 2-3 days and see if there is any difference in performance.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    Firefox 1.5 and no extensions, I didn't use extensions with 1.07 either:
    I notice a very slightly longer startup time, i.e. a small fraction, but it does not bother me. This is when first started. If closed then started, is as always quicker.

    However, during the last to weeks with 1.07 and until today I had to go down in memory use (remove one stick) and that is really one significant difference, and it may influence my remembering of how 1.07 acted. My comment above is with the same memory, of course; the last weeks with 1.07 and now 1.5.

    I also notice that when minimized fx 1.5 will not drop down in memory use, showed in task manager.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    You can change back to releasing memory when you minimize Firefox. The setting you need to change in about:config is config.trim_on_minimize, in Firefox 1.0.x the default value was true but this was changed to false for Firefox 1.5

    I believe the reason they changed it was with it set to false there could be a delay when Firefox is restored.

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    Re: Is FireFox 1.5 slower than 1.07? (Firefox 1.5)

    Thanks for all the replies. I read the Scot Finnie article which mentions some people having memory leak problems. On my system Firefox is using around 26,000 kb. It seems OK, just a bit sluggish to start up - 1.07 was pretty fast. I disabled Tab Mix Plus but the start-up speed didn't change. The speed difference isn't significant enough to drive me back to the earlier version.

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    Chris
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