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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According to correspondence I've had with extension developers, Google doesn't expose nearly as much of Chrome's guts to them as Mozilla does with Firefox. As I understand it, the underlying Chromium project may be open source, but the Google Chrome browser is not. As a result, there are lots of things extension developers can do in Firefox that they can't do in Chrome. For people who like to customize their browser in a certain way (e.g., with Tab Mix Plus), or take extra care with their security and privacy (e.g., with NoScript), Firefox still has the advantage.

Next, with a similar number of similar extensions in both browsers -- the Chrome extensions being generally less full-featured -- I don't notice that current versions of Chrome have had any noticeable speed advantage over current versions of Firefox on my three-year-old laptop with ample memory. On a five-year-old desktop with inadequate memory, Chrome *is* faster -- until more than a dozen or so tabs are opened, at which point it becomes noticeably slower.

Finally -- and this may be the result of something idiosyncratic on my particular configuration -- on *all* of the computers I use, I have had many more browser crashes or freezes in Chrome than I have had in Firefox over the past several months.

Because I have more control over its interface, functionality, security, and privacy, Firefox is still my browser of choice.

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