Sunday, September 04, 2005

Firefox Hanging?

While I love using the Firefox browser, here at home it has one problem: it takes an awfully long time to load some pages, and if, say, I've got Google News open in one tab, the other tabs will sometimes freeze while it reloads. In extreme cases, the browser "gets stuck" for a while, and in the browser window is a beautiful picture of whatever the last window I clicked on had in it. It doesn't happen at work, for some reason.

I don't know how to describe this behavior concisely enough to send in a bug report, so as a temporary fix I Googled ''firefox hangs linux'' and found this thread, which tells me to:

  • Enter about:config in the browser bar, and
  • set network.http.pipelining to true

I don't know if this will cure my particular problem, or not. I'll let you know.