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A non-beta Firefox 15 is coming your way faster than you think.  Up until now, some Firefox add-ons drain more system memory than it’s worth, but the Mozilla team is hoping that the next release will fix the majority of the memory leaks (or at least the majority of the popular add-ons).

A non-beta Firefox 15 is coming your way faster than you think.  Up until now, some Firefox add-ons drain more system memory than it’s worth, but the Mozilla team is hoping that the next release will fix the majority of the memory leaks (or at least the majority of the popular add-ons). 

Popular add-ons such as Adblock Plus, Video DownloadHelper, GreaseMonkey, and Firebug causes memory leak.  As a result of these leaky add-ons, users may experience Firefox slow downs and crashes.

An excerpt from Nicholas Nethercote’s recent personal blog, he wrote:

“Users who upgrade to Firefox 15 won’t have to upgrade their add-ons to see the benefits. While it is hard to predict the effect of this improvement on any individual user, many users should experience greatly reduced memory consumption, particularly on long browsing sessions. This should result in better performance, fewer pauses, and fewer crashes.”

While Firefox 15 promises memory leak fixes for a lot of popular add-ons, Mozilla does not claim that the fix applies to all add-on.  There are literally thousands of add-ons, and some add-on developers are more responsive than others when it comes to helping Mozilla fix the memory leak problems. 

Check out Nethercote’s blog for more on the memory fix.