We compare four recent web browsers

Quantum Flow Remains Interesting

Mozilla still has a few arrows in its quiver. The Quantum project, to which Firefox 57 owes its nickname, is still a work in the progress. In the near future, Quantum rendering will become more significant. The WebRender [8] project, which aims to speed up the presentation of websites with the help of the GPU, will also bring further optimization. The further expansion of the Quantum project will be known as Quantum Flow, and it could bring further benefits to Firefox after the current release.

Conclusions

If you prefer open source software and have remained loyal to Mozilla and Firefox over the past few years, Firefox 57 will reward your loyalty. With its new Quantum engine, Firefox takes a big step to closing the speed gap with the Blink-based web browsers, and it comes out ahead on memory usage.

Note that the tests described in this article did not address third-party extensions. In the past, Firefox add-ons often had a negative effect on the surfing experience, due to slow execution or even crashes. With the new plug-in architecture for web extensions, these problems should be a thing of the past, but we will wait until more add-ons are running under the new Firefox before continuing the comparison.

The Author

Ferdinand Thommes lives and works as a Linux developer, freelance writer, and tour guide in Berlin.

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