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Re: Firefox Portable

#46 Post by Midas » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:56 am

Yes, it does. From the charts therein, Firefox has roughly equal consumption on Windows and Ubuntu, but doubles in MacOS, while Chrome always beats it in hogging memory bytes on all platforms.

Plus, I found this (sadly) funny:
Here's a related piece of news conveyed by Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net that might be of interest for anyone desiring to run unsigned extensions after the Firefox v48 update:
  • [url]http://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/30/firefox-unbranded-build-downloads/[/url] author wrote:Firefox Stable and Beta versions cannot override add-on signing anymore which means that users cannot install unsigned add-ons in those browser versions. A switch was provided up until now to bypass this, but it will be removed with the release of Firefox 48.

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    Mozilla announced unbranded builds of Firefox some time ago to remedy that issue. Recently, very early builds were made available.
Apparently the builds are available from https://wiki.mozilla.org/Add-ons/Extens ... ded_Builds -- but I was unable to download any release packages, only the Betas... :?

EDIT: confusingly, some downloads can be found at http://archive.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/ ... -on-devel/...

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Re: Firefox Portable

#47 Post by webfork » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:18 pm

Although it's been my browser of choice for quite some time now (the only other browser I use is also from Mozilla), but I don't put a lot of stock on some of the features that Firefox has lately shoved in. More recently however, the latest "Firefox Test Pilot" project has impressed me with something we run into a lot here on the site: dealing with dead websites. A "No More 404" points to archive.org when a page doesn't show up:

https://testpilot.firefox.com/experiments/no-more-404s

There are some nice add-ons already available that help with this but I like the simplicity and, as it's written by Mozilla's people, it's probably very resource-efficient.


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Re: Firefox Portable

#49 Post by Userfriendly » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:59 pm

That's normal operation for any browser. Session restore and other constantly accessed database files like history and cookies just do a lot of work depending on how hard you browse the interwebs. Here's a bugzilla issue filed about it https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=727409

SSD's are also more durable than you think. I wouldn't worry about it.
http://techreport.com/review/24841/intr ... experiment
http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/ha ... conclusion

If you're worried about it you can disable disk caching in Firefox so it just uses memory instead. If you got enough RAM, move the cache and %temp% folder to a ramdisk.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#50 Post by SYSTEM » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:33 pm

Userfriendly wrote:
That's normal operation for any browser. Session restore and other constantly accessed database files like history and cookies just do a lot of work depending on how hard you browse the interwebs. Here's a bugzilla issue filed about it https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=727409
Another Bugzilla issue (that was filed as a result of the STH article): https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1304389
Userfriendly wrote: SSD's are also more durable than you think. I wouldn't worry about it.
http://techreport.com/review/24841/intr ... experiment
http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/ha ... conclusion
For convenience, here's a direct link to the results of Tech Report's test: http://techreport.com/review/27909/the- ... e-all-dead
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Re: Firefox Portable

#51 Post by freakazoid » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:58 pm

Read that SSD Firefox article on Reddit. Even if SSDs are durable, I want to keep performance on my system as smooth as possible.

I bumped the browser.sessionstore.interval in Firefox to 1800000 milliseconds, which is 30 minutes from the default of 15 seconds.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#52 Post by webfork » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:58 pm

[Moderator note: posts about Firefox Unbranded were given their own thread.]

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Re: Firefox Portable

#53 Post by webfork » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:19 pm

Ghacks covered some recent changes in Firefox that I'm very happy with including additions to Printing, better Reader mode, native video service support, flash restrictions, HTTPS logins, default HTML5 volume levels, etc.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/20/firefox-49-release/

As a fan of how Mac devices have a very long life, I was bummed about was the removal of support for OS 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as it's only 4 years old, but Firefox ESR still covers it.

Still a great update.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#54 Post by webfork » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:03 pm

So there's a torrent client (Torrent Tornado) written as an add-on for Firefox but unfortunately it falls into the adware category:
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... and here's what happens when you select "No":
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I might be okay with some ads being shown above the torrent downloads but additions to my browsing? I'd also like to see a 3rd button that's just a link to Paypal or similar service.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#55 Post by Midas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:08 am

Quick post to mention the new mothership... I mean, Mozilla logo, in case you missed it: ;)
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Re: Firefox Portable

#56 Post by webfork » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:18 pm

Midas wrote:Mozilla logo, in case you missed it
I don't love it but I also don't have the same feelings of loathing that I've seen from some sources on the topic.

I guess they want to get away from a dinosaur since that's THE term used derisively for old tech.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#57 Post by webfork » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:52 pm

I know a lot of users on the site like FLAC so it's nice to see Firefox cover it. Also, more good privacy features.

Also, Firefox comes back a bit as other browser falter though not everyone agrees on the data.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#58 Post by webfork » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:05 am

Two really amazing add-ons for Firefox I found:
  • Tile Tabs - basically puts multiple pages into panes on one browser window, great for when you're working in a lot of web-based tools.

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  • Print Edit - helps you zap elements (like adverts) as well as print to PDF. You can modify formats for better sizing and different fonts. In addition to being a solid tool for saving ink by cutting stuff you don't want, this has a page editor. There's a LOT under the hood here.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#59 Post by SYSTEM » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:45 am

webfork wrote:Tile Tabs - basically puts multiple pages into panes on one browser window, great for when you're working in a lot of web-based tools.

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BTW, Vivaldi has a similar (albeit less powerful) feature built-in.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#60 Post by webfork » Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:33 pm

Another in a series of "which browser is best":
  • The Guardian - likes Firefox for Windows 10 for "its ability to handle a ridiculous number of tabs, plus the fact that it’s not written with user-exploitation in mind."
  • The Register - likes Firefox because we don't need a web mono-culture.
It does look like Firefox might be #2 for battery life, which I thought was grasping at straws but keeps coming up in the tech press.

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