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Re: [LUG] flash - which distro


On 06/01/14 22:13, Rob Beard wrote:

> Mint just works for me (Mint Debian Edition at the moment).  Generally it
> runs okay, can be a CPU hog at times if I have loads of tabs open (say 50
> to 100 or so).  On occasion my machine starts to run at a crawl and I just
> reboot it :-)
> That's on a 5.5 year old Core 2 Duo 2Ghz laptop with 4GB Ram and onboard
> Intel graphics.

Well, rebooting is guaranteed to fix it but seems like a bit of a blunt
tool... to put it mildly. Wouldn't just killing or re-nicing the runaway
process/processes be a better idea?

Presuming you're talking about flash on Firefox, which is admittedly a
known memory hog in certain scenarios, you could also update Firefox to
a nightly build and set browser.tabs.remote to true in about:config.
This is the experimental "Electrolysis" feature which is Mozilla's long
overdue implementation of sandboxed tabs, which Chrome and IE have had
for a while.

The advantage is you can simply kill the memory-sucking tab(s) running
Flash whilst leaving your other 50-100 (!!) tabs still open, without
having to even restart Firefox, let alone the entire computer.



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