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Since a recent update to my system (Mepis, unstable) my firefox is incredibly unstable. After a bunch of tabs are open it will bomb out, or a video clip will make it freeze up (try something at www.ifilm.com) or just bomb out. If I do get a video to play, they are jerky, something that was never the case before.
I've noticed a tendency to just crash and disappear on me. It seems to be caused by certain sites, but it doesn't seem to be repeatable. I've used Firefox through several name changes ;-) and it never did that before.
I just answered a similar Q in Linux-General I think
Firefox is causing problems over many distros and windows
unexplained crashes etc
Use Mozilla ( now "1.7.11" I think )
Mozilla is more stable than Firefox
Just an update, the newest Fx that i have (I think the deb available right now is Fx1.5-rc3, which i have read is identical to the final release) STILL crashes on me often. No Talkback option, no reason given, it just closes all open Fx windows and leaves me feeling lonely.
I'm using SID and am not having trouble with firefox, altough lately theyve renamed the package from mozilla-firefox to firefox and it now calls itself "Deer Park" for some wierd reason isntead of firefox, but it appears to be better then ever. This "Deer Park" AKA Firefox's fonts are really outstanding. Not having any trouble with crashes or tabs or plugins. Altough my thunderbird wont boot up for some reason and have to use mozilla for e-mail.
I'm having the opposite problem as bobens. I'm running sid, with firefox at its latest version which is called 1.4.99+1.5rc3.dfsg-2. I get random crashes from time to time, with no warnings or anything, like lefty.crupps. So far I haven't been able to replicate the crash, but its definetly there for me. I'm only running adblock, so I doubt that extensions are the problem. I should probably start running firefox from a terminal, just to catch any output in case of another crash. And I must agree with bobbens, the fonts are quite nice compared to 1.0.7-1, which is what i was using for a long time since I didn't know that the package was renamed to just firefox.
I've had some problems after upgrade, I downgraded it ;(
Here's good extension, It saves your tabs and restores them next time you start firefox, http://kb.mozillazine.org/SessionSaver , might help if your firefox crashes now and then.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy / BackTrack 5/ Linux Mint 17
Since my post on December 15th, I have to say that I have started having a lot of stability problems with Firefox 1.5. When dealing with videos, or moving around certain Websites like Microsoft, Apple, and other larger Websites, Firefox freezes. Whenever I need to do any large downloads, or ftp uploads to my Websites, I have to use Internet Explorer on my Windows machine. I do have some extensions loaded, and I am uninstalling all of them to see if that works. If it does, I will install them back one at a time to see which one was the culprit and post back here what I find.