Firefox Quantum 67 will reduce RAM consumption by suspending tabs

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Firefox Quantum 67 will reduce RAM consumption by suspending tabs


Firefox Quantum 67 will automatically suspend unused browser tabs and dramatically reduce the consumption of RAM

One of the problems that affects all modern browsers today is the consumption of RAM. If our computer has 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM, surely this does not matter much to us, however, when our computer has low memory, or we often work with many tabs open at the same time, the excessive consumption of Google Chrome or Firefox RAM can be a very serious problem.

It is true that there are extensions to save RAM in Google Chrome and Firefox, extensions that, in broad strokes, what they do is suspend the tabs that we will not need in the short term to release their resources, reloading it when we need it.

Although Mozilla and Google have been working for a long time to reduce the memory and resources spent on browsers, it has not been until now when Mozilla has decided to hit the table and even natively a function that suspends unused tabs the same as extensions q We mentioned earlier, and this feature will come with Firefox 67 , the next update of Firefox Quantum.

How Firefox 67 will dramatically reduce RAM consumption

Mozilla has been studying this new function for 8 years, when the entry in its list of proposed changes for the browser was created for the first time, although it has not been until now when it seems that the development of the same continues its course.

Users of Firefox 67 Nightly , the browser development branch, can now see this new feature reflected in its advanced settings, as shown in the following image.

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This new function is activated by default for all users, although it is not clear how exactly it works. According to the name of the function we can deduce that this new function of Firefox will be responsible for suspending the tabs that we are not using when we have little available memory, freeing resources and making them available for other applications or to open more tabs .

The rule that will apply to suspend open tabs is as follows, starting with the first ones to be suspended and ending with the last ones:

  • Normal tabs.
  • Fixed tabs.
  • Normal tabs that play audio.
  • Fixed tabs that play audio.

This feature is available only for Windows users , since this system is the only one that allows the browser to know when there is little memory available, in kerOS and Linux it is controlled by the Kernel and applications cannot access to these resources.

If you want to try this new feature, from the following link you can download Firefox Nightly at no cost. In addition, it can be installed together with a stable Firefox and / or beta, using each browser independent profiles and configurations.

Google Chrome already has a similar feature that, when triggered Browser RAM consumption, to free up resources suspends the tabs we are not using by deleting your information from memory. If you return to one of them, the tab is automatically reloaded again, downloading the page as if we were entering it for the first time in just a few moments.

Is it necessary to become obsessed with RAM in Windows?

There are many users who become obsessed with RAM and seek to free up to the last megabyte. The RAM is to use it , it is useless to have installed 32 GB of RAM if we later want our browser to consume no more than 1 GB and Windows does not arrive with its processes at 500 MB of memory.

Windows10 is advanced enough to know how to use RAM in the best possible way .Today, the Microsoft operating system does not compress the data in memory as it did with Windows 7, and even in the first versions of Windows 10. The data is stored in the raw memory, improving the overall system performance andWhen there are serious memory problems available, then the corresponding compression is applied to free up resources.The same goes for web browsers, and with this feature of the new Firefox Quantum 67 .Mozilla will make only the tabs be suspended when there is little RAM available.What is the point of suspending open tabs when we have more than 8 GB of RAM still available and unused?No way.It is true that even today using a system like Windows 10 with 4 GB of RAM may be somewhat limited , but for normal use and without problems of Windows and a browser, with 8 GB of RAM we will have enough.If we usually play or perform image or video editing tasks, then it is already necessary to go up to 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM, since these applications are much more demanding with resources.Finally, remember that there are programs to optimize and clean RAM in Windows.If you really want Windows to work well for you, do not have problems, blockages and have a 100% performance, you better avoid using this type of software that only balks the computer.What do you think of the new Firefox feature to consume less RAM?

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