I’ve never exactly had a problem running the Firefox web browser on a netbook. But I do tend to disable a few toolbars so that the browser UI doesn’t take up too much screen real estate. When you’re using a 1024 x 600 pixel display, every pixel counts.
One user has gone a few steps further and created a collection of 10 add-ons for Firefox designed to improve the experience of using the browser on netbooks with small screens and relatively slow processors.
The Netbook Optimization Kit includes tools that do things such as hiding the Firefox Title Bar to save space, combine the search and location bars into one box, and replace the menu bar with a tiny menu pop up. There’s also an add-on to set the default zoom level, and an ad-blocker which I suppose could help you reduce CPU load, but really I’m not sure why some of these add-ons are included in a netbook-specific pack.
Do you have any other tips for optimizing Firefox for netbooks? Or do you simply use a different browser like Google Chrome? Sound off in the comments.