Friday, June 6, 2008

Make Firefox 3 Even Faster

Mozilla Firefox version 3, which I mentioned in a previous post, is an incredible browser! The UI is much improved on the already slick Firefox 2. The biggest benefit of FF 3 is it's speed. Many people are reporting that benchmarks and real use confirm it's the fastest browser ever. No joke.

Now, here's the really cool thing. You can make it even faster. That's right. Basically, you need to go into the about:config (open a new tab and enter about:config into the address bar).

You can do a google on about:config tweaks, and come up a bunch of different websites all talking about different changes you can make. I looked at several different sites and condensed all the speed tweaks into a single list. Here it is. Note: The first number is the default, the second is the value which you should change it to.

Here's that list:

1. Non speed related tweaks
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth 100 to 75
layout.spellcheckDefault 1 to 2 (enables spellcheck for one line fields)
extensions.checkCompatibility (right click and create a new Boolean) false

2. Speed tweaks
network.http.pipelining false to true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests 30 to 8
network.http.max-connections 30 to 96
network.http.max-connections-per-server 15 to 32
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server 6 to 8
network.http.pipelining.ssl false to true
network.http.proxy.pipelining false to true

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