Firefox 3 is built on the updated Gecko Web rendering platform that includes major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability.
Mike Connor will discuss the major performance improvements to Firefox 3, including:
Memory usage: New technologies work together to reduce the amount of memory used by Firefox 3 over a web browsing session. Memory cycles are broken and collected by an automated cycle collector, a new memory allocator reduces fragmentation, hundreds of leaks were fixed, and caching strategies have been tuned.
Reliability: A user’s bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are stored in a secure database format that prevents data loss –- even if their system crashes.
Mike directs the Firefox development team and is responsible for release management for the product. He previously worked at IBM and has been an active and valuable contributor to the Mozilla Project for many years. Mike briefly attended university before leaving to pursue his interest in technology, a decision he never regrets. His wife, Lucy, is also active in the Mozilla community, and they have two children and three cats, none of whom are involved in Mozilla as of now.
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