Mozilla launches MemShrink effort to improve Firefox memory use

From the ‘Memory Hog‘ files:

Firefox is a memory hog. There, I said it. Some of you might disagree, but the fact of the matter is that even though Firefox 4 (and soon 5) improve memory over say Firefox 3.x, it’s still a real hog.

Thankfully, I’m not alone in the belief that SOMETHING must be done. Mozilla is now taking this very seriously and is starting a new effort called, ‘MemShrink’. The goal of the group is to target the developer resources required to solve this nagging problem.

“It’s pretty clear by now that this is a much bigger problem than any one  person can likely tackle,” Mozilla Developer, Johnny Stenback wrote in a mailing list posting. “So to help get more attention to this issue we’ll be starting up a MemShrink effort, where a group of people will get together to look at the big picture, triage bugs, investigate general approaches, and do some brainstorming.”

FINALLY!! Mozilla is taking very specific aim at this very serious issue.

Now don’t get me wrong, Mozilla has been fixing memory leak issues when they pop up. This new team holds the promise of not just fixing leaks, but of making the issue of memory use better.

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