Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 10:16 UTC
Google A new report from StatCounter says Chrome's popularity now edges out Firefox. It says Chrome has a 25.69% share of the global browser market while Firefox claims 25.23%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still #1 with a 40.63% share. If true, Google has pulled off quite a feat with a browser they only introduced in late 2008. StatCounter claims to measure browser use rather than just downloads.
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RE[2]: This makes me kind of sad
by Erunno on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 19:11 UTC in reply to "RE: This makes me kind of sad"
Erunno
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The Electrolysis project was suspended:
http://lawrencemandel.com/2011/11/15/update-on-multi-process-firefo...

Apparently it's too hard ... :rolleyes:


There is a misconception here: Having content in its own process(es) is not a silver bullet against interface lag. In fact, independent of where content lives a lot of stuff will have to be done in the single browser process (e.g history access, I/O, etc.). That's where Firefox has some glaring issues currently like doing a lot of synchronous disk I/O stuff which leads to noticeable lag or badly performing SQL queries to their Places database (where history, bookmarks and favicons live).

This work would have to be done anyway independently of Electrolysis to improve the user experience and Mozilla thinks they will get better short and mid term results by pooling their resources into these areas. We'll have to see how this plays out but the issues they are trying to solve are orthogonal to Electrolysis and not a replacement.

Electrolysis helps with other things: Content-induced load, security and better resources tracking (although Firefox does already a good job via about:memory).

You can also bring down Chrome easily to its knees, for instance, when restoring large sessions (>20 tabs). At least for me the interface becomes very unresponsive until all tabs are loaded.

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