How Would You Change Mozilla Firefox?

By popularizing tabbed browsing, and allowing functionality extensions via add-ons, it’s easy to see why only Mozilla Firefox legitimately threatens Internet Explorer’s stranglehold on the browser market.

Firefox 3 on Windows 7

Firefox 3 on Windows 7

Yet Firefox’s developers have never made the browser more memory-friendly. Understandably, keeping multiple windows with multiple tabs open is very demanding. But Mozilla should’ve realized that a long time, as people started keeping tabs (pun intended) on things, and opening multiple windows to ensure they wouldn’t miss out on apparently compelling content. Users installing myriad add-ons probably didn’t help too.

It’s good that the Firefox 3.5 preview shows support for open source video. But I hope Mozilla takes steps to make their flagship browser less demanding on computers. It can demand a performance rating system for adds-on and help users stay away from unnecessary yet demanding plug-ins (non web-designers would find no need for Firebug for example), while concentrating on making the code do more for less.

That’s how I’d change Mozilla Firefox. What about you?

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