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As a fervent user of tabs in my browser, this article caught my attention. It explains in great detail all the different changes and improvements to Firefox that affect its memory usage.
At some point you start to wonder how it could have gotten this worse, but it usually takes a big swing in one direction to get corrective actions and a joint focus on what was neglected.
My only concern still is the memory usage of Java and I can only hope that the new OpenJDK initiative will not only produce a leaner JVM, but also one that ships and integrates well with every Linux distribution by default.
Stories like these not only focus on the technological improvements, but also on the effort of individual Open Source developers so it is easier to grasp the collective work Open Source software consists of.
Now, the next article I want to see is a similarly detailed report of the different performance improvements ! :-)
And RHEL5.2/CentOS-5.2 will likely ship Firefox 3 !