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Mozilla Claims 25% Improvement in Firefox Startup Speed

By - Source: Taras Glek | B 45 comments

Mozilla developer Taras Glek promises a big performance boost for Firefox 18.

Scheduled for release on January 1, 2013, Firefox 18 will bring a startup performance that is improved by 20 - 25 percent, according to Glek. In a blog post, he noted that half of the speedup was achieved by accelerated library loading.

It appears that Firefox 18 and 19 will deliver in comparison to Firefox 17, which will be released on November 20, more performance improvements. Glek referred to a streamlined tab strip in which the amount of tab closing animations taking more than 400 ms was reduced from a share of about 20 percent to just 3 percent. The overwhelming share of tab animation closings now has a time of about 150 ms.

The IonMonkey Javascript engine also appears to be on schedule for debut in Firefox 18. Mozilla currently rates the IonMonkey browser as the fastest JavaScript browser in the Sunspider benchmark, as a close rival to Chrome in Kraken and behind Chrome and Safari in Google's v8 benchmark.

 

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    deadlockedworld , November 10, 2012 6:03 PM
    Good for them. I want a few services to survive that aren't owned by Apple/Microsoft/Google!
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    dudewitbow , November 10, 2012 6:47 PM
    Firefox is generally aimed at users who utilize alot of add-ons, as it has most of the add-on support. If you are using Firefox naked, then you aren't using its potential.
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    sammaster , November 10, 2012 7:48 PM
    rocknrollzI love FF, very nice to use. The only gripe I have on it is the UI. Chrome is the browser I use not only because of the speed but because pf its modern UI. Please Mozilla, update firefox to a more modern UI.


    Funny, i use FF because of the UI instead of Chrome. UI ends up being a question of choice. Just so happens some like one more often over the other. Plus I enjoy sync. Nice FF feature (not tied to one of the big names of the industry).
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    deadlockedworld , November 10, 2012 6:03 PM
    Good for them. I want a few services to survive that aren't owned by Apple/Microsoft/Google!
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    A Bad Day , November 10, 2012 6:22 PM
    MurissokahIt's even faster if don't ever use it.


    Enjoy your partially abandoned IE9.
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    dudewitbow , November 10, 2012 6:47 PM
    Firefox is generally aimed at users who utilize alot of add-ons, as it has most of the add-on support. If you are using Firefox naked, then you aren't using its potential.
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    Parsian , November 10, 2012 6:49 PM
    As of this moment, it is also fastest to crash. I want my old FF stability and performance back.
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    boulbox , November 10, 2012 6:50 PM
    Well the bigger the competition the better right?
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    soundping , November 10, 2012 6:56 PM
    I notice when I first start FF 19 Nightly the cash will take time to build. After that FF loads much faster.
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    rocknrollz , November 10, 2012 7:10 PM
    I love FF, very nice to use. The only gripe I have on it is the UI. Chrome is the browser I use not only because of the speed but because pf its modern UI. Please Mozilla, update firefox to a more modern UI.
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    HDmac , November 10, 2012 7:16 PM
    A Bad DayEnjoy your partially abandoned IE9.
    There are more than just two browsers you know....
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    A Bad Day , November 10, 2012 7:23 PM
    HDmacThere are more than just two browsers you know....


    I was defaulting to a 2003 survey that stated that IE6 had a little over 98% of the market share b/c he didn't specify which browser he was comparing FF to.
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    cookoy , November 10, 2012 7:38 PM
    Good to know there are better stuffs in the pipeline.
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    zybch , November 10, 2012 7:38 PM
    A Bad DayEnjoy your partially abandoned IE9.

    IE 10 is very nice though. 9, not so much, but its still got more marketshare than all other desktop browsers combined and its actually growing.
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    sammaster , November 10, 2012 7:48 PM
    rocknrollzI love FF, very nice to use. The only gripe I have on it is the UI. Chrome is the browser I use not only because of the speed but because pf its modern UI. Please Mozilla, update firefox to a more modern UI.


    Funny, i use FF because of the UI instead of Chrome. UI ends up being a question of choice. Just so happens some like one more often over the other. Plus I enjoy sync. Nice FF feature (not tied to one of the big names of the industry).
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    Thunderfox , November 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    rocknrollzI love FF, very nice to use. The only gripe I have on it is the UI. Chrome is the browser I use not only because of the speed but because pf its modern UI. Please Mozilla, update firefox to a more modern UI.

    Mozilla has gone out of its way to make Firefox more and more like Chrome. What more could you want?

    I wish they would leave FF alone and let it look like itself, so I wouldn't have to rely on an FF3 theme to make it usable.
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    mariusmotea , November 10, 2012 8:13 PM
    soundpingI notice when I first start FF 19 Nightly the cash will take time to build. After that FF loads much faster.

    current FF theme is copied from Opera.
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    Cryio , November 10, 2012 8:27 PM
    mariusmoteacurrent FF theme is copied from Opera.


    At least they want to change that with their next UI update.
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    LEXX911 , November 10, 2012 8:54 PM
    Been using FF for years now and it's the best browser out there for me. The only thing that is killing it once awhile is the stupid Flash. Flash need to get their shit together.
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    killerclick , November 10, 2012 9:36 PM
    Since I switched to an SSD, Firefox startup speed improved by about 500%
    If you're using a mechanical spinning disk as your boot disk, you're missing out.
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    A Bad Day , November 10, 2012 10:42 PM
    LEXX911Been using FF for years now and it's the best browser out there for me. The only thing that is killing it once awhile is the stupid Flash. Flash need to get their shit together.


    I agree. Even the 11.5 is unstable and occasionally crashes my GPU driver, which often times crashes the entire computer.
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    alextheblue , November 10, 2012 11:11 PM
    A Bad DayI agree. Even the 11.5 is unstable and occasionally crashes my GPU driver, which often times crashes the entire computer.
    It's probably your drivers or another issue with your machine. Same reason people experience more crashes with modern hardware accelerated browsers. Personally I haven't had any issues with Flash since 11.3
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