Here's a screen grab from my Ubuntu 8.10 system monitor as I shut down Firefox 3.0.8:
Immediately after shut-down, around 100 MB is released. Then after 13 seconds or so, another 900 MB or RAM is liberated. What??? How can a single code tie up a full gig of RAM. How much memory do I need on this laptop?
I can start it back up again, same tabs, and I'm fine. For awhile. Then I need to shut it down again.
Either this is a memory leak problem (supposedly solved in Firefox 3) or it's a caching problem. In any case, it's out of control.
I've tried Opera, but I'm just not comfortable with that. Google Chrome? Not available yet for Linux. But it's a real candidate.