Speed up Firefox

You may have heard that Firefox 3 has just been released. In case you didn’t know it is more secure, more flaxible and faster than IE. That said, there is room for improvement. Because it is an open source product it is easy to customise it and speed it up.

Follow these steps and you should notice a speed improvement:

1: In the address bar, type about:config (it will warn you, are you sure… yes, you are!)

2: Scroll down and alter the following settings:

Set network.http.pipelining to true

Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true

Set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to some number like 25. This effectively mean Firefox will do 25 things at once, cool eh?

3: Right click anywhere on the screen, select New and then Integer. Give a name of nglayout.initialpaint.delay and when it asks for a value, enter 0 (zero). This means the browser does not wait before it starts to draw the page.

There you go. You should notice that pages load faster. The speed increase will largely depend on the internet conection you have, the faster it is the more you will notice.

There are legitimate reasons these are not set as default. 25 connections at the same time to a server does put strain on the server. You doing it will make minimal difference, but the several Million users of Firefox on the Internet all using this setting would have an impact. For those reasons the browser designers have to conform to certain standards.


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