We ain’t no memory hog no more.
Sigh. He goes through all the effort of instrumenting these browsers, generating nice graphs, after which he says: “The data in this article are those reported by Windows Vista, but the individual numbers should not be compared to each other.”
And then he immediately begins to draw comparisons.
Would have been so much better if he didn’t invalidate his own test.
Browser memory usage depends heavily on the user’s browsing habits. I don’t think there’s any way around that.
In my case, Firefox is usually the single largest process on my system, but that probably has something to do with the fact that I’ve got between twenty and thirty web pages open (in different tabs) at any given time. OpenOffice weighs in somewhat smaller, but I’ve only got four or five documents open in that. Yes, I’m still using Firefox 2 (err, Iceweasel 2, technically), but having thirty pages loaded in version 3 is going to still use up some RAM, that’s just… unavoidable. If it uses less than in version 2, that’s a good thing, certainly. If nothing else, I’ll be able to keep a few more tabs open ;-)
I said above that Firefox is *usually* the big memory user on my system. There’s an app that I use from time to time that consumes more — much more, even for a much smaller number of documents. It’s called Inkscape. In fairness, it’s in fairly early development compared to Firefox, much younger both in years and version numbers. I suspect its developers haven’t yet had a lot of chance to focus on perf issues, because there are still obvious feature improvements waiting to be made.
Oh, Gimp can also occasionally use more memory than Firefox, but only if I’m working with a really large image, something I don’t often do.