Linux Firefox Slower than Windows Firefox on same machine
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Its a matter of distros guys. Most distros are compiled for i386 pcs and therefore dont get all the power out of any processor. My Firefox runs faster, feels more stable and works better in my Linux box (Gentoo) then in any Windoze PC Ive seen it.
To get Firefox to load quicker you can use prelink.
"prelink is a program which modifies ELF shared libraries and ELF dynamically linked binaries, so that the time which dynamic linker needs for their relocation at startup significantly decreases and also due to fewer relocations the run-time memory consumption decreases too (especially number of unshareable pages). Such prelinking information is only used if all its dependant libraries have not changed since prelinking, otherwise programs are relocated normally." http://www.maconlinux.net/linux-man-...prelink.8.html
After prelinking Firefox loads faster than Konqueror or Opera.
On my Debian system Firefox loads faster than it did on WinME.
The problem started about 2.0.0... something I think.
In the mean time I've noticed that gnome's epiphany-browser is a bit quicker, even though it still uses the problematic gecko backend. Faster than swiftfox but with less functionality it seems.
As for optimised compilation, that's great but it may well be addressing the symptoms rather than the cause. Still a good idea for now and the future though. It's made me realise I need to optimise this 386 compiled setup here.
edit:: Changing to 686 kernel from 386 isn't supposed to help nowadays - the kernel now detects this stuff automagically
Using Swiftfox might at least give you the the impression the pages are loading faster. Or you can try Swiftweasel.
I actually have a machine where firefox seems to be slower on linux than windows as well. I think it is primarily because my graphics card isn't well supported in linux and the CPU is old (PII) so too much work gets put on my old CPU.
Last edited by shadowsnipes; 12-11-2007 at 02:04 PM.
Reason: I meant swiftweasel not iceweasel - probably why iceweasel changed its name
the reason is the full java system and add on plugins they take a litlle time to to start the program and get it going when you run a browser it uses many programs and linux runs them as needed then they run stable and smooth. the thing is stable and smooth I use firefox seamonkey and opera opera blows them all away. but firefox downlod is faster. opera 9.25 with flash9 makes youtube real nice. pluss the speed dial on the open page. cofigure your kernel for i686 and compile and install have fun and fast.
For some people I noticed that pages render more slowly because their firewall is blocking general use ports that a site may try to use. This is most apparent, for instance, when trying to watch a video on YouTube. So, if you find pages are loading slowly, tail your firewall logs at the same time. That way you can see if there is any relation.
In general, however, I find that Firefox actually opens quicker and is a little peppier than its Windows counterpart. This comparison is done using a shared profile between Windows and Linux, so there isn't a difference in addons. The plugins are different, though.
I agree that flash seems to work a little better on Windows than Linux.