If youâ€™re a power user like me, youâ€™ll find Firefox will often balloon to about 1 gig of RAM usage after some time. Often times itâ€™ll hit that point and then just crash.
Iâ€™m probably in the minority but my surfing habits tend to be open a mess of tabs and then come back and read later. I never go back to bookmarks (even though I do have a delicious account and actually tag stuff). At any time, I may 25-100 tabs open in my browser.
Iâ€™ve had to install add-ons like session manager just to ensure I donâ€™t lose my tabs when working because Firefoxâ€™s built-in tools wouldnâ€™t restore my tab session when it crashed.
I recently stumbled upon Firefox Plumber (http://www.rizone3.com/2011/firefox-plumber/). Iâ€™ve been testing it for a few days now and I have to say Iâ€™m completely blown away by how well the utility works.
Currently I have 32 tabs open in Firefox. Under normal loads, the browser would utilize between 800MB-1GB of memory. With Firefox Plumber running, which is only utilizing about 708k in memory usage, Firefox is currently fluctuating between 4 and 7 MB of memory usage.
After some sleuthing, I found it accomplishes this by offloading the memory to the swap file which could present itâ€™s own issues. Iâ€™m going to stick with it for now since Firefox appears to be more stable and see how things work.