Greg Trounson wrote:
Ian Malone wrote:
> Okay, I've had this problem for a while and I'm beginning
> to wonder why.
> Firefox sometimes responds very slowly, especially when
> rendering Wikipedia and a few other pages (mostly wikis
> actually). I don't mean connecting to the internet, I mean
> responding to the user; e.g. I run a mouse gestures
> extension which can become unusable with a couple
> of Wikipedia tabs open. Booting the same machine into
> Windows Me and running Firefox I don't have this problem.
> System is FC5, Athlon 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, GeForce 3 Ti200
> with Nvidia drivers.
Not sure if this will address your particular problem but on every
Fedora machine I consider it mandatory to launch firefox with
MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO set. Otherwise the Fedora build of FF uses the
abomination that is pango to render text, slowing down rendering
To see if you're using pango type about: in your location bar.
If you see something like this:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20061108
If the word "pango" is present then you'd best take action.
Some people recommend uncommenting the lines:
# export MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO
in /usr/bin/firefox which will do for the time being, but bear in mind
you'll need to repeat that every time you do a FF update.
I have export MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=1 in /etc/profile to take care of it
once and for all.
I think that has improved matters a little, thanks for the
I've also had a go at the Firefox 2.0 binary from Mozilla,
(the 184.108.40.206 won't work for me), and it is much more