FireFox 3 is still a memory whore

So I installed the FF 3 beta the other day to see what coolio replacements it had. I was really hoping it would stop the annoying tendency of FF 2 to whore memory like no other. FF 2 would routinely grab 300 MB with 1 or two tabs open. I've read storied about it taking up to a gig but I've never see that on my machine.

So after install almost all my extensions got killed. 2 made it through adblock and noscript. Not a good start, so I open like 10 tabs browse to various sites and then close back down to two tabs. The memory sucking is still there and it evens beats my visual studio! Overall it's been a pretty blah experience browsing with this new version of FF. I haven't noticed any new and great things from my upgrade to 3. I might actually go back to IE 7 if the memory whoring continues. I think FF hit its stide in 1.5 and has just gotten more and more bloated. Come on guys fix the memory whoring!

Comments

Schrep said…
Thanks for trying out 3.0b1! Many mozilla contributors have been working hard on memory usage:

http://www.squarefree.com/2007/09/20/firefox-memory-usage-and-memory-leak-news/

http://blog.pavlov.net/2007/11/10/memory-fragmentation/

http://blog.pavlov.net/2007/11/14/leaks-memory-we-never-forgot-about-you/

Can you try a run on b1 with your extensions disabled? Also if you can let me know what you are doing (e.g. if you have a reproducible set of steps) to get such high memory use we can definitely look into it.

/Schrep
Justin said…
Schrep,

Just to let you know after removing my extensions it seems to be behaving much better. Still it seems to me extensions shouldn't cause the app to suck so much RAM but apparently they do.
Schrep said…
Hey Justin,

What's the list of extensions you are using?
Justin said…
At the time I had around 3 or 4 installed. I was using:

Ad block plus
Gmail notifier
noscript
A few different themes I can't recall.

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