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Thursday, June 16, 2005, 9:22 AM

Enhance your internet experience with firefox

I shifted to Firefox lately from IE because: It supports tabs & It is claimed to have better security mechanism. Even being a heavy weight application consuming lot of memory resources,
I use Firefox advertently, probably because the team is working on cool utilities like Greasemonkey.

Now Feld posts an article on how to tweak and speed up the firefox performance.

If you are a Firefox user on a high speed line (don’t try this on dialup), try the following:

Go to the address bar in Firefox and type in "about:config"

Look for the following lines:

  • network.http.pipelining = false
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 4
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining = false

Change them to (by click/double-click the line):

  • network.http.pipelining = true
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 30
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining = true

This configures the browser to make 30 requests at once and not wait for a reply to the request before making another request

Then you need to create one new option:

  • Right click anywhere on the page and select New-> Integer.
  • Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay"
  • Set its value to "0".

This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives. You need to restart Firefox for this to be enabled. On sites that support pipelining (not all do) the results are dramatic.

It exploits the HTTP pipelining feature of HTTP/1.1, which allows multiple HTTP requests to be written out to a socket together without waiting for the corresponding responses, resulting in dramatic improvement in page loading times, especially over high latency connections.

I am still to find out what all popular websites supports HTTP pipelining, but I am sure enabling pipelining will not only result in better user-experience but also help reduce the traffic across the internet pipe.

Give it a try .....

1 Comments:

Anonymous gautham said...

I have configured my firefox. Hope to find some staggering results

10:09 AM  

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