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#1 JWB

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 1939 PM

This November Firefox will release version 57 in an attempt to outmaneuver Chrome.  Will it succeed?

 

https://www.cnet.com...-google-chrome/

 


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#2 TTK Ciar

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 1110 AM

Wow, good article -- long, but worth reading to the end.

Some of the changes it describes seem really worthwhile. In particular, integration with Cliqz's and Pocket's services as an alternative to Google web search and hardware acceleration via Webrender have the potential to ease some users' pain-points. If nothing else, watching these initiatives will be a learning experience for those who follow.

On the other hand I'm very dubious about these touted performance improvements. From what I can see of people's browsing experiences, performance is still limited by DNS lag, slow server-side dynamic content generation, badly-written javascript and memory exhaustion, in roughly that order. New browser technology might make an impact on the latter two, but there's not much that can be done about the first or second.

I wish Mozilla luck, but it's mostly academic to me. My browser needs are different from most, so I'm sticking with Pale Moon while investigating migration paths further off the beaten track (like Surf and its derivatives).
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#3 Panzermann

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 1120 AM

actually the widespread adoption of HTTP/2 will add another lag, because it makes lots of roundtrips, especially with badly coded websites. And when as is ususal nowadays scripts are drawn from a hundred different sites from all over the web and one server hangs... Banging-head-on-desk.gif

 

But there is not much a browser can do about this.

 

 

 

another  Pale Moon user here, since all the superflous stuff added to Mozilla annoyed me. Well whereever Pale Moon may develop to since they will have to make their own engine programming.


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#4 Colin

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 0916 AM

Firefox at my work crashes, freezes or goes into spasms trying to handle video from Facebook


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#5 Rickard N

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 1827 PM

I'm using Firefox as my main browser and I haven't any real issues. ATM it's better than chrome since it's not prone to the recent Facebook messenger virus which is chrome on all platforms. Haven't had any crashes to speak of either so I'm thinking it's something else at your work that's causing them Colin.

 

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#6 Colin

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 0921 AM

Could be, our IT polices are very strange.


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#7 Ivanhoe

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 1433 PM

Some of it sounds promising, but aside from the SJW theme, some of the new stuff makes it sound like they are more focused on coopting the user experience rather than fixing infrastructure. 

 

As long as code on the website end controls the browser (JavaScript, CSS etc) the user experience is gonna suck. Adaptive searching, squared tabs, etc. are but a flyspeck in the pepper grinder. 


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