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That's odd since my system when fully loaded with xorg rox filler and Firefox only runs at about 80mb of ram used.
Ok, I'll admit that I tend to run Firefox with a lot of tabs open, and until recently, I wasn't using AdBlockPlus, I still don't think that it should have been eating my machine alive. Having tabs run in separate processes (a-la Google Chrome) rather than threads makes a big difference too... having a single tab freeze doesn't kill the whole browser.
Distribution: Debian Squeeze- (testing) and Crunchbang
I have used Firefox, since back in the Windows-XP days.
Presently, I have added the Mozilla/Firefox Repositories from Launchpad.net to my Xubuntu Lucid /etc/apt/sources.list
While the current official release of Firefox is somewhere around 3.5.6 or 3.5.7
Firefox 3.6 is in Beta 4
But, I have been testing Firefox 3.7 pre-Alpha 1 . . . it's even faster than Chrome browser and, so far, stable.
Opera. The only dent in my enjoyment was the very recent discovery that it's not opensource.
really clean design visually, which for me is worth A LOT. speed dial assignation is smooth as. I think they pioneered that, and tabbed browsing.
And it's fast. And its symbol is an elegant O, for me much better to see every day than a disneycritter wrapped around the planet, but hey that's me, I like simple.
Tho' I haven't really tried out Konqueror etc., only IEyuk, FF, Opera and a few little quirky ones.
Chrome..hmm getting curious.
I always try out other browsers (opera, chrome, konqueror, what have you), but I think I will always return to firefox. I was using mozilla suite before I heard about firefox, and made the switch when 0.9 came out and Haven't looked back since. It's come a long way.
edit: it also bugs me that chrome is already on v4 beta. Maybe I'm being shallow.
But i hope for the future in a stable light browser based on webkit (with the same bookmark label system present on firefox and with some nice plugin).
Also i hope that in Firefox will be included sooner a system to avoid block when you use a site with flash.
In Google chromium is present so it isn't something impossible (block only the task and don't all the browser).