ARS Technica reports about Electrolysis, a new Mozilla project that seeks to eventually bring full support for multiprocess browsing to Firefox. One of the first phases of this project will be to roll out a feature that protects Firefox users from crashes from unstable plug-ins such as Flash.
Several mainstream browsers isolate Flash and other plug-ins in separate processes in order to prevent an unstable plug-in from crashing the entire browser. Mozilla is preparing to introduce a similar feature in the next version of Firefox. A developer preview that was recently made available to users offers an early look at the new plugin crash protection.
Its part of a broader Mozilla project called Electrolysis that seeks to eventually bring full support for multiprocess browsing to Firefox. Electrolysis will make it possible for a browser crash to be isolated to a tab or group of tabs rather than affecting the entire browser. Similar functionality is already available in Internet Explorer and Chrome. Although Mozilla has already taken major steps towards implementing holistic multiprocess browsing, the plugin isolation is the only part that will land in the next release.