Well I’m not sure what in the heck is packed into Google Gears for its Beta release, but I think they should move back to Alpha.
I started running Google Gears about a week ago to test out the offline functionality of applications like Google Reader. I didn’t immediately notice any issues running the add-on, but over the week I had to force quit Firefox more and more and more.
Eventually, just having a single page open (that has nothing to do with offline viewing) would cause Firefox to freeze up. The other night I noticed it while using Yahoo Webmessenger. I was curious if it was Yahoo that was causing me issues. Today I stopped using it and still had issues. I disabled Google Gears after Firefox would freeze up every few minutes and voila! I’m free again.
Sorry, Google. Get your butts back in the campus, order some pizza, and cut off the massage coupons for this team – they need to get back to work!