More Firefox news today! Some of you may be aware of Firefox's notorious record for memory usage in older versions--slowly growing throughout the day to the point that few dark corners of your RAM were free from its grasping tendrils. Happily, it looks like those days are now over.
Programmer Sam Allen of Dot Net Perls has released the results of some real-world usage testing of Firefox 3 and other current and upcoming browsers, and Firefox users will find the results quite pleasing: FF3 appears to be far better at using less, and cleaning up no-longer-needed memory than previous versions (usage remained low and fairly steady throughout the testing session).
Better, it now seems to use overall less than IE8, Opera 9.5, and Safari for Windows, if Sam's usage was consistent between browsers (I'd place less stock in these conclusions, in any case).
I'm a heavy Firefox user myself--my forum rounds typically see hundreds of tabs coming and going throughout a day-long session, so this is great news to me. Even more, it makes Firefox an even better option for low-end machines where memory is at a premium. Just one more reason to switch, if you haven't already.
This concludes this week's Firefox evangelism post