Multi-process support in Firefox gets closer to reality

By Jos
Jul 8, 2009
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  1. Mozilla has made dramatic improvements when it comes to speed in recent times, but one feature its Firefox browser notably lacks compared to Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 is multi-process browsing. As we’ve mentioned before, there are several benefits of having each page or tab run in a separate process, not the least of which are performance gains when using multiple processor cores and the added stability.

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  2. Nirkon

    Nirkon TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 243

    Well seeing as Firefox has different architecture from IE and Chrome, hopefully making all the plugins and addons run in different processes won't actually slow it down.

    Truthfully, at times I could have 20-40 tabs open, sometimes even more, I don't think I would want that many applications in my task manager, I wouldn't be able to see anything else.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Don't fret. If it is anything like Chrome and Internet Explorer 8, they will show as a single 'process' under the "Applications" tab in task manager.

    However, if you open the "processes" tab for a more detailed list of running processes, you will see each individual tab as a new process. Honestly, you really don't have much business there unless you're having problems and I personally think the performance increase will be worth that trade off.

    Besides, the task manager could certainly be redesigned in the future to take this into consideration by grouping processes. I imagine a utility like that already exists as well, since there are a number of 'enhanced' task manager replacements available.
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