Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Does Firefox Preloader Really Speed Firefox Up For You?

Tony Williams over at One Tip a Day recently blogged about Firefox Preloader, a program that's supposed to speed up loading Firefox by preloading parts of it at startup, so parts of it would be available in the RAM before you actually need it.

There's logic in what it's advocating, but I tried it and found no real significant speed increase from what I'd already had, which was Firefox loading within 3 seconds. And I certainly am not all that crazy about having more programs running at startup.

I suggest you try it yourself especially if you use Firefox a lot and your computer's not the top of the line, but make sure to weigh the speed advantage to your startup times and RAM usage as well. Your mileage might vary.

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