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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I keep saying...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 20:31 UTC
UltraZelda64
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I keep saying that I'm going to switch browsers, but it never happens. I'm still on Firefox. I'm still using my old profile (dating back to when Firefox had sane GUI defaults), so for now Firefox works fine. I cringe when I boot a modern live CD and am greeted by the "new" default interface and settings.

Once I lose this profile, the only thing keeping me on Firefox will be a couple of extensions, which are becoming less and less of a problem as alternatives are on Chrome. The problems with rapidly-depreciating Firefox extensions due to an overly-fast development model seems to have been resolved (for the most part), and so have the memory leaks.

Honestly, it's getting to the point where all the browsers really are practically the same. They're all memory hogs yet at the same time being increasingly being dumbed down. The real problem is that I dislike the way Chrome has went--which on its own is fine, I just wouldn't use it--but now that everyone else is making a clone of Chrome, I'm stuck with it or something disturbingly similar.

I don't know why, with its open nature, Firefox wasn't forked at 2.x or 3.6.x, back when its GUI was at its peak or at least just before it went all Chrome. There was enough complaining to warrant a fork. I guess no one wanted to undertake such a task (which, no doubt, would have been a difficult job).

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