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Feb. 9th, 2010 @ 08:28 pm Manual upgrade complete!
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The default browser for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala, which I'm running currently) is Firefox 3.5.7. With many tabs open en lots of stuff happening everywhere, it would become really, really slow. It started to irritate me.
I've checked out Iron (a Chrome variant with the parts removed that phone home to Google), and it was a lot faster -- but I can't live without the many extensions I have collected throughout time for Firefox. And I need some more UI than Iron provides, it seems.

So I poked around a bit and found out that there's a PPA with Firefox 3.6 in it. After a bit of fiddling I now have 'Namoroka' (the codename for Firefox 3.6) running. And so far, it seems a lot faster than 3.5 -- the rendering doesn't block the whole UI anymore, which is important to me. I want to be able to click on a link to open it in a new tab, and then move on. It's how I read my friendspage, and I don't want to wait with scrolling on until the other page in the other tab is finished loading and rendering.
So that seems like a total succes!
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From:ashi
Date:February 10th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
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Yay. I may have to try that out at home. Chrome has extensions, but still few compared to Firefox.
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From:fub
Date:February 10th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
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I tried to find the page with the directions I followed, but I can't seem to (re-)find it. Searching around a bit will yield something useful.
The slow-down is (occasionally) still there, but it's shorter and much less intrusive than in 3.5.
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