Firefox not to become fully multiprocess in the near future

Mozilla has announced today that the Electrolysis project, which aims to make Firefox a multiprocess application, will be put in pause for the foreseeable future.

The reason, the amount of changes required at the architectural level are so deep that it will require a large amount of resources to make this happen. At the same time, it is possible to get some important responsiveness improvements with much smaller investments.

Announced a couple of years ago, Electrolysis was expected to place each plugin, each tab, and the user interface in a separate process of their own. This way, at least theoretically, no matter what problem a web page could present, it wouldn’t take down the whole application. As a side benefit, it would prevent cross site scripting attacks since an attacking web site wouldn’t be able to access content in another tab.

According to the same post, Mozilla has identified several other areas where responsiveness can be improved, including database and memory garbage collection optimization, that require much smaller investments of time, so these are now being prioritized.


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5 Comments

  1. Richard Ayotte November 16, 2011 10:30 am 

    Going for the low hanging fruit is the right approach.

  2. Mohan November 16, 2011 12:47 pm 

    Probably because they are too busy trying to catch with Chrome’s version number.

  3. ffextensionguru November 17, 2011 2:30 am 

    Chrome still holds the advantage over Firefox with this. At least we did see Out of Process Plugins (OOPP) back with Fx 3.6.4 in May 2010. Least with OOPP a crashing plugin (Flash/QuickTime) wouldn’t take the whole browser down with it. Unfortunately, one misbehaving website in a tab still CAN take the whole browser down with it.

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