Firefox for the Super Geeks – WebRunner

by Karthik on October 15, 2007 · 7 comments

WebRunner in Action

Well if you are super geek and productivity conscious just like the way I am then I am sure you are going to fall in love with this amazing app developed by Mozilla, the same team behind Firefox. Well the app I am talking about is WebRunner, a standalone version of Firefox that is lightning quick and does not leak memory like its Bigger Brother does. But the catch is that WebRunner is Firefox minus all the bells and whistles (See Screenshot on the left).

Well that means that WebRunner is a stripped down version of Firefox, without Addons, Menus, Toolbars etc.. leaving you with a site specific Browser. Well if you are confused let me explain things a bit. Basically you install the WebRunner application on your Computer. Once you have done that you download Webapps which can either be download from Mozilla or can be user created. Now just double click the Webapp that you just saved and voila you are browsing the site of your choice in a dedicated browser window. 

Well I took WebRunner for a spin and did some extremely basic testing on the amount of RAM used in similar conditions. For testing I downloaded the bundles provided by Mozilla and a Firefox install with no addons installed :

  • WebRunner with GMail Open = 26.4 MB of RAM
  • Firefox with GMail Open = 42 MB of RAM
  • Web Runner with Google Reader Open = 24 MB of RAM
  • Firefox With Google Reader Open = 36 MB of RAM
  • Web Runner with both Gmail and Google Reader Open = 35.2 MB of RAM
  • Firefox with both Gmail and Google Reader Open = 51.4 MB of RAM

Well seeing the results, I am now using WebRunner to have both GMail and Google Reader open and still be able to get away without using much RAM. Using WebRunner has its own advantages. Its difficult to get distracted, and from the past two days of WebRunner usage I can firmly say that I have become faster at reading the 118 odd feeds in Google Reader.

Well I suggest if you are a productivity freak or if you are RAM lover then you must check WebRunner out. Here are some helpful links to help you get started WebRunner.

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Robert MacEwan October 29, 2007 at 5:51 am

I noticed on Mozilla Labs page the first comment was from Mike Chambers of Adobe.

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Well if you are super geek and productivity conscious just like the way I am then I am sure you are going to fall in love with this amazing app developed by Mozilla

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Well that means that WebRunner is a stripped down version of Firefox, without Addons, Menus, Toolbars etc

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