Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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Usability and Performance vs Ethics
by bombuzal on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 22:09 UTC
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I should apologise in advance for this comment as I'm typing it while I have the flu and it may go on forever!

Generally I'm the type of person who wouldn't pay for something which I thought went against my beliefs, morals, whatever. However, I'm also a sucker for performance and usability.

When I first tried Chrome as a Firefox (and Mozilla, Lynx/Links2/elinks prior to its initial release) user I didn't really like the interface - I like minimalist, but I also like easy access to things I need. I'm really bad at organising my bookmarks, and with Chrome it just seemed to worsen the situation; I went back to Firefox.

I did decide to give Chrome a second chance however, and even now that I have much better hardware than I did back then - I tend to use it over Firefox and Safari, on all OSes I use. The minimal interface works in my favour now, I took the time to look at how bookmarks work rather than just blindly CTRL-D'ing everything and wondering where they went, I have the adblock, flashblock and JS-disabling features I need as well as the excellent performance, memory management and the ability to kill individual tabs without closing the whole browser.

Having said all that, I'm not a huge fan of Google, Inc. I don't like the idea of service-based computing, operating systems which rely on such services becoming more popular and the rest of it. But despite all that, they do have the resources to build a good browser!

Firefox seems rather bloated in comparison at the moment (though I hear the next release will be rather excellent), and I suppose that shows one difference between private company (or otherwise funded) OSS, and true, community OSS. Perhaps, if one's not already being developed, Firefox could release a 'light' version of their browser with limited plugins/addons available, maximum performance upgrades - I'm sure everyday users don't require anything more than W3C standards [CSS+HTML4/5] and Javascript (as well as certain 'core' technologies such as Flash) for browsing websites.

Apologies again for the long post of drivel!

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