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Replacing Firefox

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I am a heavy web user. Everything from webmail to banking, if I can do it on-line I will.

So when I’m away from home (which is common) I like to have connectivity. With WiFi access and mobile broadband what to connect to is straightforward. As I like to travel light, I prefer to use a netbook and as they are typically lower specification, you quickly become aware of software bloat.

For years I have used Firefox. I like its extensibility, security and reliability. Sadly on smaller platforms, its starting to appear in need of a regular appearance at the gym. Routinely sitting between 500 and 600 Mb with one or two tabs, the paging is noticable on a 512Mb Acer Aspire One (AOA 110-Ab) running Arch Linux. This combined with the slower write access to an SSD makes for an irritating stuttering affect.

There are other issues too.




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