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SPEED UP FIREFOX

FireFoxis a web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation which describes itself as such:

“Mozilla is not a traditional software company. We are a global community and public benefit organization dedicated to improving the Internet experience for people everywhere.

We work in the open through a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative process to coordinate the development and marketing of Mozilla technologies and products as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation. The Mozilla Corporation has no outside shareholders. The Mozilla Foundation is a California non-profit corporation exempt from federal income tax under IRC 501(c)3.

This unique structure enables Mozilla to financially support and cultivate competitive, viable community innovation. The result is great products built by passionate people — and better choices for everyone.”

The purpose of this website is to help promote FireFox and to provide tips for speeding it up and enhancing the user experience. Many people ask why they should download FireFox when their Windows based PC already comes with a web browser, Internet Explorer, installed. Here are a few reasons:

  • FireFox is faster and can be modified to be even faster with broadband connections.
  • FireFox is safer. Since it is not integrated into the operating system it is harder for malicious code like spyware to attack it.
  • As a backup for troubleshooting in the event Internet Explorer has a problem.

 

Once you have downloaded FireFox 2.0, here is how you can speed it up:

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit enter.
Scroll down and look for the following entries:

  • network.http.pipelining
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

 

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

 

  • Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30.

This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts.

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