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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections Web Browsers has a useful guide on speeding up Firefox for broadband users. Basically, after getting to the hidden config settings, you set the browser to request more data that it usually does.
  1. Type about:config into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
    Normally, the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining, it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

  2. Alter the entries as follows ... Control-click on the line to get the menu to 'toggle' or 'modify' as the entry requires:

    • Set "network.http.pipeliningâ€? to "trueâ€?
    • Set "network.http.proxy.pipeliningâ€? to "trueâ€?
    • Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequestsâ€? to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

  3. Lastly, control-click anywhere and select New -> Integer. Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
If you're using a broadband connection, you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

[robg adds: Before you implement these hacks, you might want to read Asa Dotzler's blog entry on the subject first. If you implement these tweaks, you may break some web pages (as pipelining is a bit experimental). You might also actually slow down page loads if you implement the initialpaint.dely change, and Asa explains why...]
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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: Jack Burton on Dec 30, '04 10:11:31AM

You can also speed up Firefox (or even IE, or other browsers that support this change) by increasing the number of maximum persistent connection.

In Firefox about:config you can change network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy and network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server to a higher value to increase the number of connections that your system will use to download images (I use 10 - but be advised, you are 'violating' the http standard by doing this). This probably won't break as many things and pipelining does, and you will notice a significant increase in webpage loading. You will also be able to download more than 2 files at a time from a website. Please be mindful of other people's bandwidth.

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: TheSpoonman on Dec 30, '04 11:09:10AM

Nice addition. I tried the others and noted a nice increase in performance, but adding in yours just put it through the roof. It takes like 1-2 seconds before anything shows up on the screen, but for the most part, it's the whole page, fully loaded. Much better than waiting 5-10 seconds for "most" of the page to load...

Answering the age-old question: which is more painful, going to work or gouging your eye out with a spoon?

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: gsgm on Dec 30, '04 01:46:34PM

I also noted a speed increase for most sites by enabling the piplining as suggested.

However, the nglayout.initialpaint.delay may cause some "wierdness" if set to zero. (Especially with sites that use lots of tables)

You might want to play with this setting. I believe the default is 250, so try having the number and test.

For me, 100 works just fine

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: Musti on Dec 30, '04 11:33:41AM
Or install "Tweak Network Settings" extension and play with the settings.

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: cleanhead on Dec 30, '04 02:19:16PM

Instead of monkeying with the main config file, you could edit your Firefox user.js file (create one if necessary) to include the lines:
user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 30);

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: sfgecko on Dec 30, '04 02:51:57PM
according to this, setting network.http.pipelining.maxrequests anything higher than 8 has no effect.

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Speed up Camino for broadband connections
Authored by: ecco on Dec 30, '04 04:24:59PM
you can do the same for Camino.
either you edit your user.js file or you could use my little free Camino extension Camino ExtraPrefs.


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G5 Users
Authored by: macgruder on Dec 31, '04 01:02:09AM

This is a version optimized for the G5 processor. I've been using it for a month or so, and have no problems and it does run faster.

Now if only, Firefox would only be a be more Mac-like :-) Ugly buttons, and the rendering of Japanese text is horrible. Other than that wonderful!

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G5 Users
Authored by: akito on Dec 31, '04 02:26:22PM

The reason that firefox is not more 'mac like' is that the philosophy driving firefox is a unified code base. This means one set of source files that compiles to all operating systems. It is because of this philosophy that it is difficult to use the usual cocoa interface we all know and love.

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G5 Users
Authored by: olorenya on Jan 01, '05 11:50:45PM

take a look at this if you don't like the widgets
also there are g4 optimized versions here:

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G5 Users
Authored by: olorenya on Jan 01, '05 11:54:04PM

i think one of those links is wrong above, but one of the is right so it doesn't matter :-)

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Speed up Firefox for broadband connections
Authored by: AMCarter3 on Jan 24, '05 01:58:24PM

This approach certainly seems to improve Firefox. Has anyone figured out how to speed up Safari?

Cheers, Mac

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