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Interesting. This doesn't match my experience at all.

When I have lots of tabs open in Firefox, there are occasional pauses where everything, including the browser's chrome, freezes. I've never noticed these pauses in Chrome.

And yes, I do open hundreds of tabs. (As a side note, Chrome's far smaller minimum tab size is a major bonus for my usage, simply because I can see more tabs without scrolling the tab bar).




you need Firefox 8 to feel the improvements


Perhaps, but if this test is accurate, Chrome has also gotten far, far worse in recent versions. I find that surprising.


This test isn't about having lots of tabs open, but having lots of tabs opening, all loading at the same time.


Ok. So, apparently, it's testing a usecase that doesn't happen in normal use. So why should I care?


You don't have to? This was a blog post written by a guy whose job is to care about Firefox's memory usage. Most of his work goes into improving every day memory usage, but he thought it would be interesting to see what happens in an extreme case. Chrome is the main competitor, so he ran the same tests against it, so there was something to compare to.

No doubt some portion of people upvoting this article are invested in a Firefox v. Chrome narrative, but that really wasn't the point of the original article.




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