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Fonts, Resources and Scrolling

Hi everyone. I've got a couple of (not so) small pet peeves. I'm somewhat used to Chromium based browsers - in particular, I've been quite close with the Brave for a bit … (читать ещё)

Hi everyone.

I've got a couple of (not so) small pet peeves.

I'm somewhat used to Chromium based browsers - in particular, I've been quite close with the Brave for a bit now. It's beginning to crumble in my eyes, ever since the somewhat unpleasant incident happened, with people discovering that the Brave team has been injecting their own affiliate links into the sites of different cryptocurrency exchanges, without any prior notice. Anyhow, I digress.

I like Firefox. I like the fact that I can keep all of my passwords safe behind one master password. I like the customization features that Firefox can showcase. I'm not particularly thrilled with 10 different versions of what's supposed to be, as it seems, just one product - from Firefox to Firefox Developer Edition, to Firefox Nightly, Firefox Focus, Firefox Entreprise, but I can understand why they seem to coexist together as one whole. I like the mission that the team of Firefox aligns itself with and I'd love to be able to contribute to it. And for me, contribution to anything starts with becoming a fan myself.

Unfortunately, I've got a couple of things that keep tripping me up. I'm using Windows 10. I've got Firefox installed. I've configured it to my liking. And yet I keep going back to Brave, after every single attempt to remain on Firefox only.

There are 3 reasons why.

1) WTF is wrong with the fonts?

I've configured Brave and Firefox to have the exact same font preferences.

Same fonts. Same size. Same settings.

Same website, for the sake of an example:

https://www.zipcon.net/~swhite/docs/computers/browsers/fonttest.html

Brave paints fonts normally. I don't know why, but it does.

https://i.imgur.com/RSJuzcU.png

Firefox displays the exact same text. But bolder. Jaggier. And uglier.

https://i.imgur.com/xRIr1n1.png

Showing them separetely won't help much, so here's a side-by-side comparison.

https://i.imgur.com/zxQjWE1.png

If it looks the same to you, try to open the images in a new tab and looking at them at full, 100% resolution.

What is true for this site is true for any other application. What looks quite pretty and smooth in Brave looks bolder, heavier, "in your face", rugged, ugly, jaggy in Firefox - and I have no clue what to do about it. I've tried playing with about:config for days and days - nothing changes, no matter which font_rendering mode I pick. I've tried to play with extensions - they have no effect. I've tried to disable hardware acceleration. It does nothing. Fonts in Firefox keep looking like something, made for displays of 2000. Not 2020. If there's anything you can recommend me here - I'd be very grateful.

P.S. Tried and tested on both Firefox and Firefox Developer Edition. Nothing changes.

2) WTH is wrong with RAM consumption?

I remember reading somewhere a whole lot of articles, claiming that Chrome (and Chromium based browsers, therefore?) loves to keep as much RAM to itself as possible. While Firefox, on the other hand, is much lighter on resources. As much as I'd like to believe it to be true, my observations tell me the exact opposite.

Here's a screenshot from the Task Manager of Brave and Firefox with the same tabs and websites opened.

https://i.imgur.com/omhswRZ.png

Compared to Brave, Firefox consistently holds 2 to 5 times as much RAM. Furthermore, it's much more active in terms of CPU load as well, making the task manager claim that the electricity consumption is much higher for Firefox than it is for Brave.

I'd love to know why.

But I'd love even more for Firefox to simply be (a lot) less greedy when it comes to resources.

The fact that the extension library for Firefox is already much more reduced, compared to what's available for Chromium based platforms, I see very little sense in using Firefox if, in addition to making the websites I've gotten used to - uglier, it requires more RAM and CPU power in order to do so. There's just no point.

3) What's the deal with the freezing every X scrolls?

I don't like making these comparisons. I don't want to make these comparisons. I'd love to be able to say with confidence "Firefox rules! Everything else can be dumped."

Instead, however, I'm typing this text, to say that every 5 or 10 "smooth" scrolls on Firefox inevitably produce a not-so-critical, but oh-so-much-annoying lag, where the page that's supposed to scroll smoothly momentarily freezes and then jumps in one go to the next place, totally ruining what's supposed to be a completely "smooth" scrolling "experience".

I've tried disabling hardware acceleration here as well. Does nothing. Tried to play with setting. Doesn't help.

I tried to disable the smooth scrolling feature altogether. In addition to make the browsing experience more unpleasant, it becomes even more painful, as the scrolls that are supposed to be regular and continuous, moving the page up or down in regular intervals of time, happen to suddenly freeze once again and they try to "recover" the lost ground by "pushing" the page forcefully in the direction of the scroll. This is just painful. Brave doesn't have these issues. Chrome doesn't have these issues. Vivaldi is perfectly smooth. What's the deal with scrolling on Firefox?

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If anyone can guide me here to solve all of the issues I've just described - once and for all, I'll be genuinely grateful. I've tried to find solutions to these problems over and over. And either I didn't find any answer that could help solve these problems even slightly, or I found somewhat amusing, to me, answers directly in the Firefox's wiki - asking, for instance, to simply "Restart Firefox" when it becomes too much of a hog for RAM: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-uses-too-much-memory-or-cpu-resources?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=firefox-uses-too-much-memory-ram

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Firefox may use more system resources if it's left open for long periods of time. A workaround for this is to periodically restart Firefox. You can configure Firefox to save your tabs and windows so that when you start it again, you can start where you left off. See Restore previous session - Configure when Firefox shows your most recent tabs and windows for details.

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I am sorry, but what kind of BS is that? It "may use more system resources"? And it may not? Who's in the charge of this? What makes it impossible to look further into this, and make sure there's no need for any "workaround"s? Is it impossible to program it once and for all to avoid using more resources, especially when it remains perfectly still? Because I've seen it myself going from 1'200 MB in RAM to 2'400 MB in RAM - WITHOUT ME DOING ANYTHING. AT ALL. Is it impossible to fix? With all the manpower that Mozilla possesses? Is it such a low priority? Or is it just my PC having fun at making Firefox resource greediness go out of hand?

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Pardon me, I had to let this out. I genuinely want to use Firefox. I feel much more emotionally connected to your browser than to any other, guys.

But I don't want to experience pain each and every time I use it.

The ugly fonts are not pleasant to look at. And they distract me from my work.

The RAM consumption makes the whole experience heavier. And it bothers the heck out of me. I don't want to restart Firefox just for "workarounds". If I have to restart it, I want it to be for a valid reason. Not because it "just so happens" that the browser "may use more system resources" (with a dropped "than necessary" at the end) - and no one even bothers to fix it.

Finally, I don't want to get distracted by lagged scrolling. If I'm browsing the page, I want to be focused on the content. Not on what my browser is doing. And as of now, every time I use Firefox, I'm forced to think of why is the screen not moving up or down the way I expect it to, instead of thinking about what is on this screen.

If there's anything you can advise me, please do.

If you feel the need to troubleshoot this further, I'm willing to provide as much data as I can.

If these issues pertain only to my system, then the bug is on my machine - and I'd be happy to fix as soon as possible before switching full-time to Firefox once and for all.

Going through the support tickets though, it appears I might not be the only one. And if this is the case, perhaps a more deep investigation into the current Firefox experience, at least pertaining to modern machines, running Windows - might be necessary.

Задан Bruce William Collins 1 год назад

Последний ответ от jscher2000 1 год назад

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3 dot menu is missing from the address bar

The 3 dot menu is missing from the address bar, so I can't replace my missing Bookmark star. This only happens in the tab after selecting my Home button. It appears norm… (читать ещё)

The 3 dot menu is missing from the address bar, so I can't replace my missing Bookmark star. This only happens in the tab after selecting my Home button.

It appears normally when my computer auto connects from hyperlinks, shortcuts, etc.

Задан anvil-head 1 год назад

Дан ответ Eve 1 год назад

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Implement SegmentHeap to reduce memory usage.

Hi, I'd like to know if there are any plans to implement SegmentHeap in Firefox? https://www.windowslatest.com/2020/06/18/google-chrome-will-finally-use-less-memory-on-wi… (читать ещё)

Hi,

I'd like to know if there are any plans to implement SegmentHeap in Firefox?

https://www.windowslatest.com/2020/06/18/google-chrome-will-finally-use-less-memory-on-windows-10/

Thanks!

Задан Mark 1 год назад

Дан ответ TyDraniu 1 год назад

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"App Mode" feature does not work.

Hello, I want to report a bug with Firefox. If there are some special letters in the title of the page, "App Mode" feature does not work some special letters is ">", "… (читать ещё)

Hello, I want to report a bug with Firefox. If there are some special letters in the title of the page, "App Mode" feature does not work some special letters is ">", "/", "?", "|", ":", "<" Please watch the below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1nPV6XVPRg Thanks.

Задан Muhammad Hussein Ammari 1 год назад

Последний ответ от Muhammad Hussein Ammari 1 год назад

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Using Mozilla.cfg to focus a custom new tab page

Hi everyone, I am having trouble getting my custom new tab page to be focused when opened (instead of the address bar). I am currently using the `autoconfig.js` + `mozill… (читать ещё)

Hi everyone,

I am having trouble getting my custom new tab page to be focused when opened (instead of the address bar).

I am currently using the `autoconfig.js` + `mozilla.cfg` approach to overriding the `AboutNewTab.jsm` service with a custom local file. This is working great with the two files containing this code:

autoconfig.js: ``` pref("general.config.filename", "mozilla.cfg"); pref("general.config.obscure_value", 0); ```

mozilla.cfg: ``` // Custom firefox config

let { classes:Cc, interfaces:Ci, utils:Cu } = Components;

try {

 Cu.import("resource:///modules/AboutNewTab.jsm");
 let newTabURL = "file:///home/vallode/Documents/test/index.html";
 AboutNewTab.newTabURL = newTabURL;

} catch(e) { Cu.reportError(e); } ```

I have been attempting to use the `gBrowser` global to add an event listener to the new tab opening, but with no success. Could anyone point me in the right direction for something like this?

Задан Vallode 1 год назад

Дан ответ Vallode 1 год назад

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Installing search engines from Mycroft Project not working

I've tried to install several search engines via Mycroft Project to use them through the search bar but that doesn't seem to be working. I don't get any notice, it just d… (читать ещё)

I've tried to install several search engines via Mycroft Project to use them through the search bar but that doesn't seem to be working.

I don't get any notice, it just doesn't work.

Also, one of the search engines I've been using (Twitter) seems to have disappeared from my browser. That's what got me to try to install it again, with no luck so far.

(I've dowloaded Firefox Nightly, installed it from scratch, and seem to have the problem.)

Задан Marcos 1 год назад

Дан ответ TyDraniu 1 год назад

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cannot add search engine to Firefox Developper Edition

Hello, I cannot add a new search engine to Firefox Developper Edition. When I want to add a new search engine with Ready2Search I get an error message: Submitted inform… (читать ещё)

Hello,

I cannot add a new search engine to Firefox Developper Edition. When I want to add a new search engine with Ready2Search I get an error message: Submitted information of your web browser is Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.15; rv:78.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/78.0.

Your use Macintosh and Firefox. However, your Firefox isn't updated. If you'd like to install OpenSearch plug-in to Firefox, you need to update Firefox.

Same trying to add a new search engine with Mycroft Project doesn't work. I have the latest update of Firefox Developper Edition (78.0b9 (64 bits) Mac). How to do this, please help ? Thank you.

Задан jeanantogul 1 год назад

Дан ответ TyDraniu 1 год назад

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Google search is pegging my location without consent

I see this in firefox about:config https://www.googleapis.com/geolocation/v1/geolocate?key=%GOOGLE_LOCATION_SERVICE_API_KEY% Google search is accessing my location. Exam… (читать ещё)

I see this in firefox about:config

https://www.googleapis.com/geolocation/v1/geolocate?key=%GOOGLE_LOCATION_SERVICE_API_KEY%

Google search is accessing my location. Example Search: Homes Results are showing all realty sites as Homes in Washington Twp. But DuckDuck Go, and Startpage.com yield google results too. The same realty sites are NOT showing Washington Twp, but homes for sale. I want choose my area code on these sites directly.

I believe it has something to do with the GOOGLE_LOCATION_SERVICE_API_KEY in the about:config. It seemed pretty obvious. I'm familiar with about:config. I just want to stop google, and any other search or site, from accessing any data that pertains to me.

Задан TOR 1 год назад

Последний ответ от jscher2000 1 год назад

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Right-click menu white text and gray background

Problem: right-click menu text is white (disabled menu item is gray) and background is light gray Tried: - I do not have userchrome.css - no changes in preferences >… (читать ещё)

Problem: right-click menu text is white (disabled menu item is gray) and background is light gray

Tried: - I do not have userchrome.css - no changes in preferences > fonts and colors - refresh firefox

- MacOS 10.15.5 with Dark appearance - Firefox Developer Edition 78.0b9

Задан twnaing 1 год назад

Последний ответ от yogyta kalwar 1 год назад

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cannot get firefox to start, want to find out why

Dear mozilla community, I cannot get firefox to start, and I need help to troubleshoot this. What I already did: remove and reinstall (apt) rename ~/.mozilla to trigge… (читать ещё)

Dear mozilla community,

I cannot get firefox to start, and I need help to troubleshoot this. What I already did:

  • remove and reinstall (apt)
  • rename ~/.mozilla to trigger recreation
  • start using the command line
  • start in safe mode

The only symptoms are <defunct> processes (see screenshot).

I need more information to find out what went wrong. Where can I find this?


Details

  • apt
  • firefox_78.0+build2-0ubuntu0.16.04.1~mt1_amd64.deb
  • Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia

Задан eim_92 1 год назад

Дан ответ FredMcD 1 год назад

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Getting 403 Access Denied on https://www.lowes.com/

When I put https://www.lowes.com/ into the URL bar in Firefox 78 on Windows 10 I get: Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://www.lowes.com/" on this se… (читать ещё)

When I put https://www.lowes.com/ into the URL bar in Firefox 78 on Windows 10 I get:

Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://www.lowes.com/" on this server. Reference #18.a92b5dcc.1593486018.1fbf37a9

This site works OK on IE and Edge. I have these exstensions: Adblock Plus Facebook Container HTTPS Everywhere New Tab Override NoScript

I have the site set as Trusted in NoScript.

In Developer Tools/Network the two resources show as Status 403, but nothing is showing as blocked (red text).

Am I doing something wrong?

TIA Tom

Задан tlemaire2 1 год назад

Дан ответ ARMAN KHAN 1 год назад

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release 78.0

Tab on ca.finance.yahoo.com crashes intermittently. Never had this issue with previous firefox. Am running on windows 10 (2004) … (читать ещё)

Tab on ca.finance.yahoo.com crashes intermittently. Never had this issue with previous firefox. Am running on windows 10 (2004)

Задан Ultrhub 1 год назад

Последний ответ от Ultrhub 1 год назад

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site accepté par internet explorer et pas par firefox

Bonjour le site "caisse d'epargne " français fonctionne tres bien avec internet explorer pour l'acces aux comptes et ne marche plus avec firefox depuis peu de temps. est… (читать ещё)

Bonjour le site "caisse d'epargne " français fonctionne tres bien avec internet explorer pour l'acces aux comptes et ne marche plus avec firefox depuis peu de temps. est-ce quelque chose a changé dans firefox ? faut-il modifier quelque chose (mais pas la securite) ? merci d'essayer ce site

Задан oblig.poste 1 год назад

Последний ответ от cor-el 1 год назад

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updates blocked by unknown administrator (systeembeheerder)

Since I updated to 77.0.1 firefox has for unknown reason has concluded that there is a system administrator which has disabled updates. It says so in setting (topleft) an… (читать ещё)

Since I updated to 77.0.1 firefox has for unknown reason has concluded that there is a system administrator which has disabled updates. It says so in setting (topleft) and in about firefox (instead of update button). I have been able to change all other settings that I know of. I have also refreshed the browser once, disabled all addons once, and deinstalled it to reinstall the latest version once.

Is there a solution for this bug?

Задан frisodeboer 1 год назад

Дан ответ cor-el 1 год назад

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Firefox sync is not syncing bookmarks to a new device

I purchased a new device, but the bookmarks are not syncing like it has on prior devices. I have confirmed all setting are exactly as they were previously. No matter what… (читать ещё)

I purchased a new device, but the bookmarks are not syncing like it has on prior devices. I have confirmed all setting are exactly as they were previously. No matter what I try, I can't get my bookmarks to join me on my new device. Is this a known bug?

Задан mk 1 год назад

Дан ответ ARMAN KHAN 1 год назад

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How to setup the audio output to 96KHz or 192Khz

Hi! Chrome based browsers (like chromium or Vivaldi) permit to obtain 96KHz or even 192KHz float 32bit audio output. Firefox stuck at float32le 48KHz. This is not suffici… (читать ещё)

Hi! Chrome based browsers (like chromium or Vivaldi) permit to obtain 96KHz or even 192KHz float 32bit audio output. Firefox stuck at float32le 48KHz. This is not sufficient for me. i have a Linux LinuxMint 20 on a STRIX Z270G audio chip @ 96KHz and headsets like Sennheiser HD650 and GRADO RS1e so able to perfectly perceive the effects of harmonics up to frequency my chip can produce (96KHz band pass).

Question: Is possible in Firefox 78 for Linux to change the max frequency from 48KHz to 96KHz maintaining the float32le setup?

Thank you to all advices!

David

Задан davidemonge 1 год назад

Последний ответ от TyDraniu 1 год назад

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The "never save" function for usernames and passwords does not work

Even though I say "never save" for logging in to a website, when I login the next time, it asks me again "if I want to save password". I have also gone to the exception l… (читать ещё)

Even though I say "never save" for logging in to a website, when I login the next time, it asks me again "if I want to save password". I have also gone to the exception list and manually entered the websites, and even though I block and save that website, the websites disappear from the exception list and I am again asked if I want to save password.

Задан Danny 1 год назад

Последний ответ от the-edmeister 1 год назад