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Re: Firefox Portable

#31 Post by freakazoid » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:12 pm

Also since Firefox v43 has a 64-bit build, those using PortableApps.com's version might want to use the 32-bit version instead.

To do this in Firefox Portable, open FirefoxPortable.ini and add this line:

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AlwaysUse32Bit=true
FWIW, Raymond.cc benchmarked the 64-bit build against the 32-bit, and 32-bit won almost every benchmark and uses considerably less memory:
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/mozilla-fir ... -to-32bit/

For my usage, I have 94 tabs open (don't ask). With 32-bit, RAM is 641MB. With 64-bit, it was ~200MB more.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#32 Post by webfork » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:37 pm

freakazoid wrote:For my usage, I have 94 tabs open (don't ask). With 32-bit, RAM is 641MB. With 64-bit, it was ~200MB more.
Yeah that'll happen. I'll likely use that to stick with 32-bit for compatibility reasons. The only reason I see at this stage to switch to 64-bit at this stage is a possible security improvement. I can't seem to track down any clear data on 64-bit browser benchmarks doing much more than improving tech already built specifically for 64-bit.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#33 Post by Userfriendly » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:27 pm

I use 64-bit Firefox just so I can avoid memory leak related crashes. With 32-bit, once it goes over 2.5GB due to a random memory leak from a badly coded javascript/image loaded website, browser will just crash instantly. At least with 64-bit, memory consumption will just keep rising past 3GB and slow down the browser considerably at which point I can backup whatever I'm doing and restart browser safely. Firefox rarely has memory leaks nowadays, most are caused by addons but 64-bit gives a bit more headroom. e10s electrolysis thing should help with this too in the future.

Another example of 64-bit preventing memory leak crashes is the game planetside 2. Used to be 32-bit only and memory leaks would cause majority of the crashes to the game. Now that it's 64-bit only, It would still sometimes hog a bunch of memory but now doesn't crash when it goes over 3GB.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#34 Post by Midas » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:24 pm

Nice to know that, Userfriendly, thanks for the info. 8)

I'm facing a whole different issue with FF right now. Here's what my FF menu looks like (yes, it still does after upgrading to v43):
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I fashioned it like this after some research, ever since FF took the "fast development" schedule, wreaking havoc with my previous setup.

To do it, I had to use two different FF extensions: Personal Menu (http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox ... onal-menu/), which allows you to restore the FF button and place it wherever you like best (top left corner, for me), and Mozilla's very own Menu Editor (http://menueditor.mozdev.org/; although not having been updated since 2011, it always worked perfectly for my intents) to choose and order the main entries and remove the remaining fluff.

After the last upgrade today, something I had long dreaded became true. Because Menu Editor is unsigned, the following message appeared in my FF Add-ons Manager (about:addons):
  • "Menu Editor could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled".
Luckily, ATM everything else is working as it should. But soon enough I'll be faced with having to reconfigure FF and then I'll be yet another usability feature short again. :x

Any insights/suggestions welcome...

P.S.: I'm well aware of the ALT keyboard shortcut to display FF menu -- it just doesn't replace my mouse only convenience... :cry:

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Re: Firefox Portable

#35 Post by Userfriendly » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:27 pm

Add in about:config "xpinstall.signatures.required" Boolean "false" to allow unsigned extensions.

Alternatively, copy paste this into pref.js "user_pref("xpinstall.signatures.required", false);"

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Re: Firefox Portable

#36 Post by Midas » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:17 am

Thanks yet again, Userfriendly. I searched high and low, but can't recall a mention of that key... :oops:

EDIT: other possible solutions to the same problem in Martin Brinkmann's excellent articles at Ghacks.net...
EDIT2: just noting a resource I really wish I had a while back -- http://www.m64.info/...
More than that, they also have benchmarks of 64-bits versus 32, links to Firefox alternatives, including portable, etc.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#37 Post by Midas » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:28 am

From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'SHIFT+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
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Re: Firefox Portable

#38 Post by webfork » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:14 pm

This is somewhat old news now but evidently Iceweasel (a rebrand of Mozilla for Linux) has been dropped. I'm very glad to see this, if only because it was confusing and annoying "the license made me do it" tweak that never seemed substantive to me and just confused people outside the open source / Free Software community.

It's not hurting LibreOffice adoption when people find out that it comes with virtually every Linux distro so I'd feel similarly confident if I could say something similar of Firefox. Before you say "but how many Linux users are browsing with Google Chrome?" the answer is unclear (I couldn't find anything on distrowatch) but this might be instructive.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#39 Post by Midas » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:10 am

Midas wrote:From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'CTRL+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
  • After the v46.x update, this appears to be no longer true. WTF? :?

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Re: Firefox Portable

#40 Post by webfork » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:25 pm

Midas wrote:From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'CTRL+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
According to this https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/08/new-f ... op-faster/ it's Shift+F2. Though if you have your F-keys setup for things like volume and other features, it'll be Function+Shift+F2.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#41 Post by Midas » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:01 pm

webfork wrote:According to this https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/08/new-f ... op-faster/ it's Shift+F2.
  • Confirmed. Yep, still there, my mistake... :oops:

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Re: Firefox Portable

#42 Post by Checker » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:47 am

Nice update :!: (v47.0)
- Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video.
- Enable VP9 video codec for users with fast machines.
- Embedded YouTube videos now play with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed.
- View and search open tabs from your smartphone or another computer in a sidebar.
- Allow no-cache on back/forward navigations for https resources.
- Latgalu [ltg] locale added. Wikipedia tells us there are 164,500 daily speakers.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#43 Post by webfork » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:04 pm

Checker wrote:- Embedded YouTube videos now play with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed.
- Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video.
Agreed -- good news. I usually prefer HTML5 video but it's mostly that they're getting away from Flash and Silverlight video.
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Re: Official Firefox Portable?

#44 Post by webfork » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:17 pm

freakazoid wrote:There's a Firefox addon called Multifox that allows you to open different tabs while logged in with different accounts. For example, let's say I wanted to login as username1 on gmail.com on one tab, while logging in as username2 on gmail.com on another tab.
So it looks like Multifox is being integrated into the browser. Great news as it looks like the storage and other tools will be even more separated than with the current add-on.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#45 Post by SYSTEM » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:33 pm

I found a comparison of memory usage of the most common browsers (from a Firefox developer, February 2016). I figured it may interest some people here.

http://www.erahm.org/2016/02/12/are-they-slim-yet/
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