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Old 02-01-2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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firefox slow..i might switch back to win..help!


ive posted something similar a long time back, but didnt get too many replies...

Simple Question :
Why does firefox take longer an dbehave more sluggish on linux than windows...

on windows, after a restart, and clicking thefirefox icon ...it takes 2 seconds to load..

probably 4 seconds in linux...but the startup doesnt bother me as much as the "smoothness" problem...for example switching tabs or windows takes a fraction of asecond longer on linux than in xp..i use KDE and the same shit happens in every WM/Distro ive tried....

anyway, ive done these..

recompiled the kernel.
enabled DMA w/ multisync and 32 bit IO
tried nightly builds

optimized every possible thing i could think of...but firefox, and GTK apps are just too slow in terms of speed...btw this issue spans across all distributions, so im positive its not some corrupt file or whatever..

on a positive note, every qt app is a dream..blazingly fast!

this is one of those things which really frustrates me abt the distro i love so much...please..save my soul..give me a solution!
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
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What version are you using? Is it an official build?

What are your system specs?
cat /proc/cpuinfo
cat /proc/meminfo

What is the system resource usage?
top -bn1
 
Old 02-01-2005, 01:00 PM   #3
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follow up this thread

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=284898

regards
 
Old 02-01-2005, 01:01 PM   #4
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official build...

sorry, cant give u the output of those commands now, cause i just rm -rf /bin...and to think i always run as user and only did a su.....was running a test distro anyway..(mpeis is pretty darn good)

anyway my system specs are
AMD athlon XP 2400

1GB DDR RAM

Root is reiserfs on a 7200 RPM drive

all my memory is recognized, and ive even tried patchsets like -ck to optimize memory usage..

and no, my system resources are not being hogged...boot up is 25 s, kde is up in about 7 seconds...BUT firefox is slower in lin than win. thats the only problem...

thanks for your time..
 
Old 02-01-2005, 01:08 PM   #5
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sorry masand, but u misunderstood...browsing is fast...windows rendering is slow...the net itself is blazing...minimizing windows and the like is slow..
 
Old 02-01-2005, 01:37 PM   #6
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have you tried building firefox itself from source ?
once i had good results with a static build being very fast
the last time i built it i had to do without optimizations or it wouldn't run but it's still alot faster than
on windows.
this is the current blfs configuration which is a good place to start
Code:
export MOZILLA_OFFICIAL="1" &&
export BUILD_OFFICIAL="1" &&
export MOZ_PHOENIX="1" &&
./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/firefox-1.0 \
            --with-user-appdir=.firefox \
            --with-system-zlib \
            --with-system-png \
            --enable-application=browser \
            --enable-default-toolkit=gtk2 \
            --enable-extensions=all,-typeaheadfind \
            --enable-crypto \
            --enable-xft \
            --enable-xinerama \
            --enable-optimize \
            --enable-reorder \
            --enable-strip \
            --enable-cpp-rtti \
            --enable-single-profile \
            --disable-freetype2 \
            --disable-accessibility \
            --disable-debug \
            --disable-tests \
            --disable-logging \
            --disable-pedantic \
            --disable-installer \
            --disable-mailnews \
            --disable-ldap \
            --disable-composer \
            --disable-profilesharing &&
make &&
make install &&
install -d /usr/include/firefox-1.0/nss &&
cp -Lf dist/private/nss/*.h dist/public/nss/*.h \
    /usr/include/firefox-1.0/nss
 
Old 02-01-2005, 05:52 PM   #7
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Have you tried disabling IPv6? Some of the newer distros come with it enabled by default...

In the root terminal type:

gedit /etc/modprobe.conf

Add these lines to the bottom of the file:

alias net-pf-10 off
alias ipv6 off
 
Old 02-01-2005, 08:55 PM   #8
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thanks everyone...ill try these once i get my box back up...but i guess the ipv6 thing is for problems like slow resolution of dns or whatever...i only have a sluggishness problem with windows...anyway ill try anything...thanks..!
 
Old 02-01-2005, 09:29 PM   #9
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btw, is there someway i can optimize all gtk apps? cause thunderbird is slower on linux too..
 
  


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