Firefox 6 Rocks Safari 5.1 on Mac OS X Lion

I’m trying out Firefox 6 as a replacement for Safari 5.1 on Mac OS X Lion today.

The first thing that I love about the new Firefox is that it rocks Safari in responsiveness and memory usage.

Visiting big sites with loads of images and video launch with a bam! on Firefox as opposed to the laggy wimper on the new Safari. Also, the sites that I regularly login to and keep open like Gmail and don’t suffer the constant loading problem on Firefox 6 that has plagued Safari since its inception.

As you can see from the screenshot above, you can see that Firefox also uses less memory. For this comparison, I loaded six tabs on both browsers with the same sites that I normally load during my browsing sessions. Safari and Safari Web Content use a combined total of 748.7 MB while Firefox and Firefox Plugin Process use a combined total of 512.6 MB for a difference of 236.1 MB! I have documented Safari’s web hogging status previously here.

Having seen no glitches or problems so far today, I will keep rolling with Firefox for awhile.

If you haven’t downloaded the latest version of Firefox, you can find it here.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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One comment on “Firefox 6 Rocks Safari 5.1 on Mac OS X Lion
  1. brucebrendon says:

    not running well for me in fullscreen – wont app switch of show dock

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

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