There are a lot of ways to optimize Firefox, but one of the best way to improve Firefox speed, is by making Firefox to use RAM to save cache files.
This way the speed of already downloaded pages is going to be increased.
Of course like in almost anything you do there is always a downside, and in this case that is true too.
All the cache files are saved in RAM, so when you turn the computer off, all those files are erased. Then, each time you turn it on, you need to populate it from the biggining.
There are pages you always check, maybe digg, reddit, linuxtoday, or this blog :).
If using the disk, some CSS, and other files, will already be there, thus increasing download speed (at least apparently).
But if using RAM, as soon as it is populated again, you will see a much better performance.
Well, enough talking, let’s go to optimize Firefox. In your Linux, you may have a RAM partition already, check with:
If you have an output like this:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on udev 10240 196 10044 2% /dev /dev/disk/by-uuid/1069fde9-8696-49a8-bbec-b8f35458f4d9 60682684 48850932 8749296 85% / none 1026832 12548 1014284 2% /dev/shm
Pay attention to
/dev/shm, it means you already has a RAM partition.
If not, you can create it with:
sudo mkdir /mnt/ramdisk
and <p class="codigo">sudo mount -t tmpfs -o size=512m tmpfs /mnt/ramdisk/</p>
Change size to fit a quarter of you RAM or less.
Now let’s work on Firefox
in a new window or tab enter.
Then search for this string.
Once found, enter this string:
If it is not there create it, with: right-click and and selecting new->string
And then enter the same string as above
Restart Firefox, and you are done, you now have an optimized Firefox.
Be sure to change /dev/shm to /mnt/ramdisk if you had to create your RAMDisk, instead of using the already created.