This is to just let Manjaro developers know what is going on as of late with Community Editions of internet browsers. I’d be happy to know of an alternative–so far, Otter Browser doesn’t open things as expected, and Falkon is consumed with a certain search engine default that is a pain in the butt to escape out of with each search using a different engine. I’m not interested in using Chrome and had hoped to migrate away from Chromium for reasons of it’s association with Google control. In any event: here’s the problem with Firefox followed by that of Chromium:
While using Firefox my laptop became heated and the fans began to run loudly and continually. Efforts to change settings and kill certain processes did not change the problem. Clearing the user data and cookies sometimes helped, but soon the fan was right back to howling and CPU use and memory use was excessively high. This repeated moments after when going to the youtube website and again going to the rumble website where in both, video were played. The program did not utilize the swap partition despite the swap file being available and sufficient for it’s use-- swap on showed that the 16G partition was available as just under 16G, 0% in use with Firefox as the only program. Running another program such as LibreOffice or CherryTree simultaneous to Firefox was very slow in switching to them. For this reason, again I’ve uninstalled Firefox.
Chromium has had the same behavior. But some of the excess programs it causes to run can be killed, which immediate reduces the CPU use and causes the fan from running so fast to blow out hot- I mean hot temperature air from inside the laptop. There was an update last night to Chromium, and as I sit here typing, the fan is only running slowly-- but this level considering that this is the only program open with only Manjaro home page and the forum page open, still seems excessive compared to how it had functioned in the past with more pages open and sometimes other programs running as well.