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Free, possibly ill-advised advice: firefox beta/aurora in Debian

Posted 04-21-2017 at 05:55 AM by the dsc
Updated 04-23-2017 at 05:03 PM by the dsc
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I was until very recently using mostly google chrome, which I more or less solely (together with chromium; opera and vivaldi so far seem somewhat redundant, albeit not bad, and perhaps not even as redundant as chromium, which is much closer to chrome obviously) periodically cycle with firefox in recent years, abandoning for a while whichever seems sluggishier.

I had Debian testing's default firefox version, whichever it is. But only a few days with the "aurora" (the beta-est of betas, or the second-beta only to "nightly", if I understand it) put firefox back into place as my most-regular browser.

It will have some CPU-heavy loading sometimes (from a sub-process called "web content", it seems), but apparently it does so more efficiently than the "actual release" version, the system "feels" more responsive the whole time (I haven't had any "damn, I need to kill firefox now, in order to avoid having to REISUB in a few moments"-moments), and these bursts of CPU-loading don't last so much.

And I kept my old user profile for the browser (extensions and customizations), so it doesn't look it's just a matter of a "clean" user profile, unhampered by bad extensions or any garbage of some sort.

An added bonus, to me at least, is that it seems it have less of an erratic scroll-bar behavior. In the last update of the stable firefox somehow I was finding extremely difficult to use the scroll bar "naturally", I'd click a little bit past the rightmost part of the button on an empty icon, and it would scroll out of control.

In order to install, you need to get also some "experimental" version of hunspell first, if I recall.

But this is just my impression and I'm not really qualified to give informatic-technological advice, so, don't trust me.
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