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    Default Optimizing Firefox 3.5??

    How can I speed this rascal up? Firefox 3.0xx flew compared to 3.5. In particular, the latest version of Firefox essentially "hangs" (i.e., I lose control with the mouse) while it loads a lengthy page. When I play a Flash video and then close that window, my other windows take up to 5 seconds to become responsive again.

    I know that the "safe browsing" feature costs a little bit as far as performance. But I've been surprised at how much slower 3.5 is.

    One thing -- I happened to run Wireshark on a browse session tonight and was intrigued to see that Firefox basically did a DNS on everything that I'd browsed in the past few hours. In other words: I opened one session, checked some news and weather, then closed Firefox and did some other things. When I reopened Firefox a while later, it re-did the DNS queries (*with* Google safe browsing checks on each!) on all of the news and weather sites that I'd browsed earlier, even though I hadn't requested them on this new session! Any way to turn that off???

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Default Re: Optimizing Firefox 3.5??

    * smpoole7,

    two ideas:
    -disable IPV6 in Firefox (or in general)
    http://en.opensuse.org/Disable_IPv6_for_Firefox

    -start with a fresh ~/.mozilla folder, i.e., rename the old one and restart firefox

    Uwe

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    Default Re: Optimizing Firefox 3.5??

    Try this!
    http://software.opensuse.org/ymp/ope...2/chromium.ymp
    I have almost switched to Chromium (Google's Chrome's clone).
    openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) with Kernel 3.7.10-1.16-desktop and KDE 4.11.2 on MacBook Pro
    Latest MS Windows version used: Win95

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    Default Re: Optimizing Firefox 3.5??

    Quote Originally Posted by buckesfeld View Post
    * smpoole7,

    two ideas:
    -disable IPV6 in Firefox (or in general)
    Disable IPv6 for Firefox - openSUSE
    ... I've long since done that one ... ..

    -start with a fresh ~/.mozilla folder, i.e., rename the old one and restart firefox
    OK, and "duh." I didn't think of that one. I'll try that, thanks. I've been copying/moving the same .mozilla folder into new installations since 10.3 ... so that MIGHT have something to do with it .. .. .

    Uwe[/QUOTE]

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    Default Re: Optimizing Firefox 3.5??

    Quote Originally Posted by syampillai View Post
    Try this!
    http://software.opensuse.org/ymp/ope...2/chromium.ymp
    I have almost switched to Chromium (Google's Chrome's clone).
    I think I'll give it another spin. I tried it a while back under Winders and was intrigued, but basically have forgotten it since then. Thanks.

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