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Faster Fox

11 Jun 2014

I don’t often use Firefox since switching to Chrome as my main browser years’ ago. But if you are a regular Firefox user, you may wish to try the following tweaks that I have come across while playing with Arch Linux. Performance tweaks are nothing new and many of us may have already tweaked the default Firefox settings to suit the specific bandwidth that we have. The settings in Arch’s wiki includes some less known performance modifications as well as some well-known network tweaks.

  1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the address bar
  2. Find in the first column network.http.pipelining, double click to change its value to true
  3. Find network.http.pipelining.maxrequests, change its value to 8
  4. Find network.http.max-connections, change its value to 64
  5. Find network.http.max-connections-per-server, change its value to 16
  6. Find network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server1, change its value to 8
  7. Find browser.sessionstore.interval, change its value to 300000
  8. Right click on an empty space, create a new string nglayout.initialpaint.delay and give it a value of 0 (zero)
  9. Close the about:config tab and Open the Preference menu
  10. Go to Advanced -> Certificates -> Validation, uncheck Use the Online Certificate Status ...
  11. Go to Advanced -> Network ->, check Override Automatic Cache Management, give it a value of 0 (zero)
  12. Done