Really can't tell if it is just me and my hardware and connection, but Firefox 3.5.5 (ubuntu tweaked version) is just the biggest bucket of suck since..a long time ago, browser-wise. Freeking maddening. Even with no script and ad block plus, I keep getting this unable to actually finally load a page. It gets so far, you can *see* most of the page, then poof, that disappears to be replaced with a generic error page that says:
"The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading."
Ya but the blasted page was ALMOST all the way there, I could SEE the dang thing, ya sunnava...*&^%^^&*!11!!!! Just happened right now with a preview, had to "resend"....
If I look at the command "top", with just half a dozen tabs, no flash running, just a few of them with the main domain whitelisted in noscript so they at least are half way functional, I get a widely fluctuating CPU of between 15% and 100%, with FF right up there using it along with Xorg, they swap who's eating the most, and RAM usage with FF at like almost 300 megs *just sitting there*, doing nothing, like right now,(this is a brand new fresh instance of FF running to get the most conservative usage stats) and it shoots up fast with every new tab, with just one window total open. WTF?
And at best, two-three times a day have to kill the thing when it freezes, if I forget to just quit and restart it, you can let it sit ten minutes and nothing happens, will not take any input, have to force-kill it. OK, I just watched it through one preview page load here, 39% CPU jump exactly, just to submit a web page form and reload this one tab. And I have scripting turned off here as well, using the slashdot older "low res" version in preferences. Dang scary to even contemplate if I tried to run any Flash pages or allow ads to try and load. Any Flash vids I want to see from yourboobtoob, I download/convert in the background, then watch them. My net connection is around 3-4 times better than dialup at the best, that's it. Not broadband, but not dialup either. (half price of having a landline and a dialup account, that's why I have it, save cash)
This has been one step forward and half a kilometer back over the earlier 3.0.x series or even the 2. series near as I can tell, and this has been across a few different distros now with 3.5.x. So it has been a "fresh clean install" a few times now, they are all similar in usage pattern.
Now, I want to be fair about this and conduct this little non scientific "where does this suckage really come from" survey, is it really firefox, are you guys seeing something like this too, or just me and my ancient 1.3 duron with 1.5 gigs of DDR,(I guess I am assuming this is still adequate to do casual web surfing with) or have webpages/websites just gotten so complex and bloated that the entire net is bogging down lately, or what?