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Mozilla Releases Firefox 54, Designed To Be Faster And Use Less Memory

Mozilla Releases Firefox 54, Designed To Be Faster And Use Less Memory

Mozilla has been developing the Firefox multiprocess feature, known as Electrolysis or E10S, which has been named after a chemical process which breaks water molecules into their components.

The good news is that the architecture doesn't seem to be stuck on five processes-only, because Firefox users can also customize the number of processes to be used in the browser.

With E10S-multi, Firefox now supports up to four processes (can be changed by the users) capable of handling the web content across all the browser tabs. "Firefox aims to strike the "just right" balance between speed and memory usage". Modern browsers split the load into several independent processes. In older versions of Firefox, and older web browser in general, Everything happens in just one pipeline, from the rendering of the user interface to processing input to actually displaying content in all tabs.

"In Firefox 56 we will be introducing additional processes for Add-Ons (WebExtensions), which should improve the stability and startup performance for Firefox for users with Add-Ons installed", Nguyen said. Similarly, the new Firefox that implements E10s splits up the work that the browser does into multiple operating system processes, promising faster performance and less crashes without bloating up resource usage.

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Mozilla has released Firefox 54, bringing multi-process support to all users.

Indeed, Mozilla claims that its new browser is its "best ever" version, and cited tests that show the new browser uses significantly less RAM than other browsers on Windows 10, MacOS, and Linux. Since that time, its tech has lagged behind - a 64-bit Windows version of Firefox only arrived in 2015, and it has used single-process tech until now. "Multiple tabs within a process share the browser engine that already exists in memory, instead of each creating their own". On Firefox for Android, improvements have been made regarding browser sync performance and playback of audio/video content in the web browser along with the addition of Bulgarian and Kabyle languages.

For those with E10S Firefox, it should help lower memory computers handle busy pages such as Facebook's newsfeed more smoothly.

Users can check to see if multi-process support has been enabled by opening Firefox and typing about:support.


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