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Mozilla Names And Shames Slow Add-Ons

David Gilbert


Mozilla Names And Shames Slow Add-Ons

Frustrated at the continued decrease in speed of its Firefox browser as a result of certain add-ons, Mozilla has decided to name and shame the worst offenders.

This morning, Mozilla published a list of the top ten offenders with translation/dictionary add-on, FoxLingo named as the worst offender, slowing down Firefox at startup by a huge 74 percent. With the browser market becoming more and more competitive, Mozilla will have taken this step to try and make sure its browser remains nippy even with add-ons installed. One of the most ironic inclusions on the list is of course "FastestFox – Browse Faster” which doesn’t do what it says on the tin and actually slows down Firefox by as much as 33 percent.

Mozilla will hope that by publishing the list of offenders, it will encourage developers to create add-ons which don’t impact on the browser's performance. It is also planning further initiatives such as warning those about to download an add-on if that add-on will slow down performance by 25 percent of more. It is also planning to do automated performance tests on the top 100 add-ons hosted in the add on gallery.

Hopefully this will lead to better performance from Firefox in the long run, though we hope it won’t mean we will be seeing less add-ons as some of them can be very handy indeed.

Source: Mozilla


April 6, 2011, 4:32 pm

While I think it's good practice to optimise add-ons we are talking initial start time here aren't we, and not the impact of overall performance once loaded.

I'm really not that bothered that FireBug might mean the browser takes an extra second to load up. Especially seeing as once it's loaded it's most likely going to be open all day anyway.


April 6, 2011, 4:59 pm

#8 - Delicious irony :¬)


April 6, 2011, 6:40 pm

Aren't FoxLingo and Firebug equal? What about Video DownloadHelper and FastestFox?


April 6, 2011, 7:43 pm

I wonder why there not also targeting add-ons that take the most CPU usage during operation, not just load times. Maybe they didn't want to upset Adobe.


April 6, 2011, 8:30 pm

One would've thought the Developers of the Add-Ons would want to optimise their software for good performance?

It is self-evidently self-defeating to produce an Add-On that is unhelpful!! Oh well the Nerds strike again - no common sense.


April 6, 2011, 9:02 pm

I take IE and anything else over Firefox anyday, always baffled by the productivity gains that these ADHD type people get.


April 6, 2011, 10:03 pm

@hank: 8-0 You kid?


April 6, 2011, 10:55 pm

IE over Firefox? Oh well, matter of personal taste I guess. As is putting out to sea in a colander =;-)


April 7, 2011, 1:11 am

You say "This morning, Mozilla published a list of the top ten offenders with translation/dictionary add-on" which was posted on the 6th, when other sites reported it on the 4th. What gives?


April 7, 2011, 1:13 am

I have quite a few of these on my firefox... then again its on a very expensive SSD so that probably offsets the startup delay.


April 7, 2011, 7:07 pm

@ed @rdsh

Firefox is a flea bitten rotten dog amongst better breeds in the kernel. Hard to love, when it consistently chases it's own tale. :)

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