I’m running ubuntu-eee on my new Asus Eee 901. And Firefox 3.0 was horrible on it. You’d load a page, and scrolling up and down would pause frequently with a jittery, jerky motion. It was so annoying that I experimented with Opera and Epiphany as replacements. Both fine browsers, but I hated being without add-ins like Adblock Plus and Foxmarks. Read on to find out how to fix it…
So how to fix it?
The Eee comes with two SSD drives – the 4GB system drive and the other SSD (in my case I ordered the 16GB one). The secondary SSD is much slower than the system SSD.
Typically (as in my case) when installing Linux, you’d mount root (/) on the 4GB system SSD, and /home on the bigger (but slower) SSD.
Firefox’s settings directory is stored under ~/.mozilla. It writes a lot of stuff there – caches, phishing checks, offline storage etc. And apparently Firefox 3 does a lot more of this than before. So the obvious solution, given this information, is to move your ~/.mozilla directory onto the faster system SSD. Here’s how I did it:
sudo mkdir /usr/share/my_stuff
sudo chmod 777 /usr/share/my_stuff
mv ~/.mozilla .
ln -s /usr/share/my_stuff/.mozilla .
My .mozilla directory is now on the faster SSD and the Firefox jitter has disappeared.