According to the discussion participants at Bugzilla.Mozilla.org, Firefox 7 might include a patch to solve at least some of the memory bloat issues.
After the initial testing, it does look promising.
Here are the results:
After closing all tabs, but before minimizing memory usage:
506,326,510 B (100.0%) — explicit (without patch)
454,850,070 B (100.0%) — explicit (with patch)
239,075,328 B — js-gc-heap (without patch)
189,792,256 B — js-gc-heap (with patch)
550,207,488 B — resident (without patch)
494,604,288 B — resident (with patch)
310,890,496 B — resident (without patch)
219,856,896 B — resident (with patch)
That’s quite a difference! Whether or not patch lands in Firefox 7 remains to be seen.
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