Firefox fixes stability bug
Now with less crashing
Mozilla has pushed out a new version of its Firefox browser designed to fix a stability issue with the previous version of the open source application.
Some users of Firefox 3.6.9, released on 7 September, experienced crash problems, particularly on start-up. In response, Mozilla suspended the automatic rollout of the browser software while it worked out kinks in the code.
Firefox 3.6.10, a cross-platform update for Windows, Apple and Linux, concentrates solely on making sure the browser is more stable, and does not include any of the performance tweaks, bug fixes or extra features typical of new versions of the browser.
Get the full SP on the browser, and a link to the download page, in Mozilla's release notes here. ®
My 3.6.x install is so much more unstable than 3.5.x, and all of my crashes seem to be related to flash - and more specifically, the "plugin-container" designed to stop flash killing the browser!
Why the hell does this task end up consuming upwards of 150MB, and 50% of the CPU time. Versions not using this so called aid for flash were not faced with this sluggish and unreliable behaviour.
I have seen people complaining that their 3.6.x doesn't respond to mouse wheel commands - well I had a brief spate of that and again - the wonderful plugin-container was the culprit. Killing it allowed mouse wheel events to work again (although it it immediately restarted by the browser anyway).
They could only stop it from using 1.5GB of RAM for no reason that would be ace...
Ever since it got released I've had persistent crashes - possibly due to flash but perhaps other causes.
The only advantage is that on dual core processor the crashing component - the app container - only uses one core so I have enough CPU left to kill the rogue process.
When Firefox stops using flash and / or designs it's software to detect rogue processes the world will be a better place.