A test of Firefox 3’s memory usage for the Beta 1 build can be found here.
Although Firefox 3.0 leaks less memory than its predecessor, Mozilla Corp.’s lead engineer today wouldn’t promise that every last hole has been plugged.
Talking the day after the company released the first beta of Firefox 3.0, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, called the browser’s problems “quite complicated” but said he was confident that users will see significant improvements in how it handles memory.
“There are a number of different memory issues, including when Firefox doesn’t return allocated memory to the system,” Schroepfer said, referring to the classic leak that’s driven Firefox’s reputation as a memory hog. Over the years, users have complained that the longer Firefox is left running, the more memory it consumes; ultimately, it grabs enough to slow down the host computer.
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