Test Firefox web browser 9

Since version 4, version numbers march ...

Like Google Chrome we see for Mozilla Firefox for some time to change versions of more frequent updates unrestrained some would say. To summarize the history, June 21, 2011 we were in version 5, August 16, 2011 in version 6, September 27, 2011 in version 7, November 8, 2011 in version 8, a month after December 20, 2011 in Version 9 and a day later, that is to say, December 21, 2011, already with a patch for a flaw version 9.01! Each new version comes with essentially a new Gecko rendering engine (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0) but we can not say that the following salient features provided.

Main contribution? Improved JavaScript!

We will see in this case what are the benefits of this latest version 9.01. In a foreword, but note that we take for more news in the field of improvement JavaScript rather than innovations or new features. That said, this is not a reproach and we can not blame Mozilla Firefox to be entered on the same level in the race for success JavasScript initiated by Google and its Chrome browser. But is it really wise to also follow the competition by taking a quick succession as version numbers?

The future of the browser is already present with the future developments on the way!

We will review this version 9 with a focus on JavaScript performance and HTML5 us to better realize how important is the Mozilla browser with the four other competitors. However, it is very likely that our test results will soon be brought up to date with version 10 already entered the beta channel, the alpha and versions11.0 12 (nightly) still experimental!

"Type Inference", it is up to 30% speedup on JavaScript Pages heaviest

The main new feature of version 9 is the addition in the SpiderMonkey engine of the type inference (Type Inference) for better performance. These changes are made to JaegerMonkey that compiles on the fly to SpiderMonkey, the JavaScript engine in Firefox. According to this method of compiling Mozilla on by default in the browser speeds up benchmarks, as Kraken (Mozilla benchmark tool) or V8 (Chrome benchmark tool) up to 30% and provides a speed increase on sites heavily loaded in Javascript. Type Inference must therefore in principle for downloading the multimedia on sites that have more recourse than to use images, videos and all sorts of graphics.

Continue to attract users macs, a point not to be overlooked!

StatCounter according to a study from November 2011, Mac OS X users prefer in terms of market share to 25.69% Chrome and Firefox at 25.33%. So it's a neck and neck which is exerted between the two browsers. Firefox must continue to attract users on Windows and Linux but also Mac OS X. To move in this direction, version 9.01 brings with it two enhancements for Mac OS X Lion. The first is a better integrated with the environment theme of the OS and the second support navigation gestures with two fingers on trackpad with Multi-Touch.

And a host of other technical improvements ...

There are other features as an improvement, the possibility of querying Do Not Track functionality via JavaScript detection, support improved standards HTML5, CSS and MathML, improved support for CSS text-overflow, developments for developers (XHR object, XMLHttpRequest, to gain speed for sites or Web applications that perform many queries) and of course bug fixes related to security and stability of the browser.

SunSpider 0.9.1 measures the performance of JavaScript speed of a browser by launching a series of tests of mathematical functions, 3D (cube, morph, raytracing), cryptography (AES, MD5, SHA1). Note that most of the services you use every day, like Gmail, Flickr, YouTube, Yahoo! Mail or Facebook today are based on the JavaScript programming language. This programming language is the basis for many interactive tasks that we have become accustomed to do on the Web (and even Web 2.0) and is at the heart of every browser to exploit these programs.

You will find below a comparison of execution speeds of JavaScript between 9.01 and Mozilla Firefox browsers major competitors in Windows 7:

Firefox 9.01: 1.21 x slower than IE 9.4
Firefox 9.01: 1.005 x slower than Chrome 16.0.912.63
Firefox 9.01: 1.014 x slower than Safari 5.1.2
Firefox 9.01: 1.006 x slower than Opera 11.60

Unlike the SunSpider JavaScript performance between Firefox and its competitors lies in a pocket handkerchief. However, the figures speak for themselves, the Mozilla browser is slower than IE 9, 16 Chrome, Safari 5.1.2 and Opera 11.60. He came last!

Peacekeeper developed by Futuremark, is based on a series of tests including JavaScript and simulates realistic conditions in surfing the Internet (browsing, animation, forms ...) by collecting data on various sites like YouTube, Facebook, Gmail, Meebo ... The higher the score increases, the browser is powerful!

IE 9.4: 1533 points (HTML5 capabilities: 3/7)
Chrome 16.0.912.63: 3091 points (HTML5 capabilities: 7/7)
Safari 5.1.2: 1636 points (HTML5 capabilities: 1/7)
Opera 11.60: 2313 points (HTML5 capabilities: 5/7)

According to tests Peacekeeper variables related to system configuration, testing JavaScript, DOM (Dynamic Object Model) reveal that Firefox 9.1 comes last, though yet with a high potential compatibility of HTML 5 6/7 (second behind Chrome).

We also used reference tests for hardware acceleration "Fishie Tank" (with 1000 moving fish) and "PsychedelicBrowsing" (number of rotations per minute). Both demonstrations are carried out in resolution 1024 x 768 pixels (NVIDIA 8800 GTS 320 MB). More figures, the higher the acceleration is well managed by web browser, and therefore the web browser is powerful.

Firefox 9.01 (60 fps, 3 710 rpm)
IE 9.04 (60 fps, 8 320 rpm)
Chrome 16.0.912.63 (3 fps, 485 rpm)
Safari 5.1.2 (5 fps, 23 rpm)
Opera 11.60 (4 fps, 163 rpm)

In "Fishie Tank" (with 1000 moving fish) for Firefox 1.9 lives up first with Internet Explorer 9 with 60 fps. By default, other, browsers are lagging Between 3 and 5 fps. Test "PsychedelicBrowsing" the Largest number of rotations per minute undoubtedly Will Internet Explorer 9 with 8320 rpm. Firefox 9.1, however, occupies second spot with 3710 rpm.

The Firefox browser has become increasingly difficult to hold its own in the race. Mozilla had we not used to that but it must be confessed, that version 9.0.1 is proving a notch below 16 Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera 9 and 11.60 in terms of speed JavaScript. The browser makes up for in contrast to hardware acceleration and the inclusion of HTML5 features (audio / video in particular). Apart from the light "makeover" a front for MAC OS X Lion, the improvements will not be immediately visible or measurable for users (improved standards HTML5, CSS and MathML, fixes many flaws, Type Inference ...).

The strengths of Firefox is still and always, for the moment, the huge library of add-ons, customization of the interface, reasonable use of memory when multiple tabs are open simultaneously, its availability on all platforms of computers kind (Windows, Linux, Mac) and mobile (Firefox Firefox Home for Android and iPhone) and of course a user community that tends to move more and more to Google Chrome

This is what we will reveal the future development of versions 10, 11 and 12. But we can already speak of a new policy compatibility extensions, anti-aliasing WebGL (Web3D), the support for Full Screen API that will display a web application directly in full screen mode , in 32 versions and 64-bit dedicated .... But is this enough there? To see.

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