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Re: Slow firefox and high cpu usage

On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 06:15:06PM -0400, bw wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Oct 2018, Dan Ritter wrote:
> > That's because Firefox is now multiprocess.
> > 
> > The main Firefox process handles the user interface, fetching
> > web pages, decoding them, and some of the rendering work. 
> > 
> > The Web Content process(es) are fired off to run things that the
> > web pages demand be run: JavaScript, CSS animations, weird media
> > things. Mostly JavaScript.
> > 
> > Killing them off won't help. You need to solve the underlying
> > problem.
> > 
> > I don't know what that is, exactly, but advertising and trackers
> > now take up 90% of most web processing time and space. Running a
> > good ad blocker like uBlock Origin will help a lot.
> > 
> > -dsr-
> > 
> > 
> How exactly do you think stretch users should run an adblocker when all 
> the xul-ext-* extensions are now broken?

Ah, that's easy. Turns out that stretch is perfectly capable of
running software that the Debian Project does not package, and I
would argue that trying to keep a firefox-esr running is not the
right thing to do. Firefox just isn't ready for the Debian
definition of stable.

The Debian volunteers working on Firefox would be better serving
the community if they were only spending a few minutes packaging
up each major-number release from Mozilla, and putting the rest
of the time towards looking for security problems in it. 

There may well be a use for a "stable" web browser, but Firefox
can't be that one.


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