[conspire] (forw) Re: Firefox & Windows 7 Memory Leak.

Edward Mokurai Cherlin mokurai at sugarlabs.org
Mon Sep 12 22:55:30 PDT 2011

On Sun, September 11, 2011 3:44 pm, Rick Moen wrote:
> ----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----
> Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 12:43:02 -0700
> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> To: Jesse Monroy <jesse650 at gmail.com>
> Cc: John Sokol <john.sokol at gmail.com>, b c <crawford.bill at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Firefox & Windows 7 Memory Leak.
> Organization: If you lived here, you'd be $HOME already.
> Quoting Jesse Monroy (jesse650 at gmail.com):
>> As you can see, this problem is reported on Mozilla's own websites,
>> and the person reporting the issue seems to have good knowledge
>> about computers. No doubt these issue arise with new browsers,
>> CSS, Adobe flash and other so-called modern advancements in
>> web-browsing.
>> http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/753700?s=egg&as=s
> While the question with all Netscape and Mozilla Web browsers has never
> been _whether_ they leak memory but rather just at what rate, the smart
> money would be on one of the classic problem-child proprietary
> extensions, and the #1 logical suspect is always Adobe Flash.

Mozilla is putting its money on Javascript zombie compartments and on
add-ons in general.

Bug 668871
[meta] Zombie Compartments! They stay alive after their tab has closed


> Both the Google Chromium/Chrome browser and the Apple Safari one run
> browser extensions in their own separate processes, such that Adobe
> Flash doesn't take the whole browser down when it bombs out of memory.
> Within the browser itself -- any Web browser -- the portion of the
> codebase most likely to generate memory leaks is the JavaScript engine,
> typically a nasty piece of work exposed to horribly malformed input from
> public code.  This is one of the many, many reasons why the best thing
> you can do for browser _performance and reliability_ (in addition to
> privacy and security) is to run with NoScript enabled.

What Rick said, as usual.

Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.

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