Free Memory facilitates the memory operations provided in about:memory page, in the form of an add-on. With this, it’s no longer necessary to open a separate tab and go to about:memory to reduce the memory consumed by Firefox. The add-on provides options in a widget panel, which helps in performing Garbage collection, Cycle collection and Minimize Memory operations.
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By tweaking your browser cache settings from within about:config, you could see a ‘bit of a speed boost when it comes to using Firefox on a daily basis. You see, when images are loaded by default, they can be cached so they don’t need to be redisplayed or looked for again. What we will be editing today will control the maximum amount of memory used for caching images.
I can tell you from experience, having too many tabs open can be a real pain. On occasion though, it is something you have to do, so you might as well find an add-on that will help you navigate through your tabs more effectively. That is where TooManyTabs comes into play.
The web browser is a handy thing to have your monitoring tools in because it is open a lot of the time, and so then the information is always there and in your face. One of the monitoring tools that has caught my eye the most these days is StatusbarEx. It will show you a little ‘bit of everything.
It shows tons of useful information right inside of your Firefox status bar. You can find out the memory usage (of the system and Firefox), the network speed, CPU details and more. You can also select which details you would like to have shown and the text color that it uses to do so.
As you can tell from the above screenshot – you’ll also look like a real geek when doing so (which is what we love to do) and impress your non-geeky friends. How many add-ons can do that?
Firefox uses a lot of RAM. It is the number one complaint about this otherwise awesome web browser. So what can you do to solve this issue? Well there are a few rumored fixed out there in the wild.
Here is the nitty-gritty about:config solution to the problem:
- Open up about:config by typing it into your Firefox address bar.
- Right-click, go to new and then integer and name it this: browser.cache.memory.capacity
- For the integer value, enter in 15000 if you have 512MB to 1GB of RAM. For those with less (between 128MB to 512MB), try a value of 5000. You’re done!
Then all you should need to restart Firefox for it to take effect.
It might seem like more trouble than it is worth, but this tutorial will show you how to get Mozilla Firefox installed and running in your RAM rather than from your hard drive. After reading through the step by step process, it seems simple enough. I guess I’m not sure how much of an advantage you are really going to see though.