Historically speaking one of the biggest complaints users had against the Firefox was its booting/startup speed, which was pretty slow. Mozilla has attempted to optimize the code in every new version of this extremely popular open source browser, and now when the latest and greatest from Mozilla – Firefox 4.0 is almost upon us, its latest beta versions already boot up pretty fast. However, one of the most dramatic increase in boot up speed is going to come from 20 line patch which aims to cut down this startup time in half!
Actually this patch works by pre loading the Firefox XUL library in large chunks of 2MB which can dramatically speedup the loading of the Firefox. Before this (in current implementations) Firefox loads the XUL dll file in tiny chunks of 32 KB each. This patch can bring dramatic speed improvements on any Windows system but improvement will be most noticeable on systems with slower hard drives. It is still unclear that why this optimization was not in place in the first place.
This optimization/patch will land in Firefox nightly build (Firefox 4.0 b10 pre) any day! Keep an eye in the Firefox nightly repositories for a build with this patch integrated! Please not that this optimization is only valid for Windows based versions of the Firefox.
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