Netscape 8 is having some serious memory leakage

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Simon Phoenix, Jun 23, 2005.

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  1. Simon Phoenix

    Simon Phoenix Registered Member

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    50,224k, that's average, it's gotten as high as 71443k. This is crazy.....
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    That is why I dropped it ;)
     
  3. Simon Phoenix

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    2. questions

    1. What do you recommend for slow pc? Opera 8? Firefox?

    2. When does Ie7 come out, I might go back to that.
     
  4. bellgamin

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    The gecko engine is used by Netscape, Firefox, Mozilla, Beonex, & K-meleon. ALL of them have memory leaks. It's endemic with the gecko engine itself. For instance, take a look at the relatively long history of bug #174604 as recorded HERE. AFAIK this bug (& others in its family) haven't yet been cleared up.

    See also the recent FF-board's post HERE.

    I use K-mel. Of the other gecko-based browsers, the only one I have tried lately is Firefox. IMHO, K-mel is a hair faster than Firefox, & also leaks MUCH less -- perhaps this is because K-Meleon uses the native Windows UI rather than Firefox's XUL. Even so, I close K-mel after ~2 hours of surfing, then re-open it again. Doing so greatly reduces memory usage.
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Opera 8.01 works very very well even on an slower comp. I have four browsers and opera is my default.
     
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    1. Opera

    Even if I use Firefox, I have to admit Opera is lighter in resources than Firefox. It's the extensions, no banner, simple and open source that keep me with firefox.
     
  7. JerryM

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    Oh Boy, I dread to ask this, but what is a memory leak?

    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
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    More than a few well-known programs are reputed to have memory leaks. It's just more noticeable in a browser because web surfing involves repetitively opening/closing web pages -- each time a page is closed, a teeny bit of memory doesn't get freed up.

    The blessings of the Gecko engine (especially K-meleon) FAR outweigh this issue. As I mentioned earlier, all you need to do is close or minimize K-meleon every few hours. This works fine on my granddaughter's computer (233 Mhz cpu, 150MB ram) -- K-mel never gets heavier than 21-23 MB.
     
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