Linked by Wes Bascas on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 11:00 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Over the weekend, the crew at Tom's Hardware was busy testing the recently-released Firefox 22 using the usual bevy of benchmarks. This roundup included Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, and Opera 12, along with the new Chromium-based build of Opera Next (alos known as Opera 15).
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Chrome -> Firefox
by sb56637 on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 15:54 UTC
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I've recently switched from Chrome to Firefox 21. Chrome was driving me crazy because it refused to save passwords on Google accounts. Yes, *Google* Chrome wouldn't save passwords for *Google* accounts. Pretty dumb. Yes, I know about multiple user profiles on Chrome, but I don't like using them. Additionally, Chrome changed a Flash buffer setting that made streaming audio unusably choppy. There was also a bug where my internet connection would temporarily drop, and Chrome would fail to detect that the connection was back up. Even new tabs would fail, claiming there was no connection. I would have to restart the entire Chrome browser to make it connect again. Chrome also lacked a tiny but critically important feature for me-- When I am working through a long list of links I open each one in a new tab, process the new tab, close it, and then return to the parent tab. But Chrome, unlike Firefox, does not show a little dotted underline mark under the most recently opened link, making me lose my place in a long list. And finally, Chrome was no longer fast to launch like it used to be.

So I switched to Firefox 21. I don't really like it either. It's slow to launch, and the interface frequently feels slow. Obviously due to its design, a slow script on any page freezes the entire UI. Rendering speed is fairly fast. I absolutely hate the combined "Firefox" menu that appears when the menu bar is disabled. Certain options that are available in the normal menu bar are simply not available in the combined menu. Really stupid, because the combined menu like Chrome has is normally a nice space saver, and there's no reason to not make certain options visible. And certain key Chrome features (like highlighting search term locations on the page with little tick marks in the scrollbar) are only available via extensions in Firefox, some of which feel like a bit of a hack.

So, I'm not very happy with the "big two" browsers. Looking forward to trying Firefox 22.

Edited 2013-07-03 16:00 UTC

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