This might be a little off topic but since I've upgraded to VL5.9 Standard Gold I've noticed that when running Firefox 3.0.5 on some Java Script pages that total CPU usage is locked at 100% and mouse operation is jerky, menus are slow to respond etc. In all other respects the machine is as responsive as ever. What makes me post here is that I don't recall this problem prior to using VL5.9. The page that brought this to my attention is: http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR213.loop.shtml
which is my local weather radar. I look at this page very frequently and would have noticed the slow down before. I've done some experiments with different versions of Firefox and Opera with results as below:
Browser CPU Usage
Firefox 3.1b2 100%
Firefox 3.0.1 100%
Firefox 3.0.4 100%
Firefox 3.0.5 100%
Firefox 2.0.20 17%
Opera 9.63 6%
I did revert back to the 220.127.116.11 kernel used in VL5.8 but there was no real difference. The crucial ingredient seems to be Firefox 3 but why didn't it happen with VL5.8? At the moment nothing is making any sense. For the record my hardware is: PIII running at 1.05GHz 384MB RAM.
I'd be interested if others could post their results for this particular web page as something is wrong somewhere when such a simple image sequence comsumes so much CPU resource.