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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Still using Firefox
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 4th Jul 2013 01:08 UTC
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I've tried switching to Chrome as my main browser 2 or 3 times, after various frustrations with earlier versions of Firefox. But in Firefox I typically have at least a dozen windows open and upwards of a hundred tabs (on busy days, when juggling a lot of different things, it can hit 40 windows/300+ tabs). And Firefox handles that surprisingly well, RAM permitting - but I find Chrome starts to get sluggish once I reach 5 windows/50 tabs or so, mainly in terms of taking a long time to show page content when switching tabs. I've also found that, all things being equal (same windows/tabs open in both browsers), Chrome uses more RAM that FF - I would assume that's a downside of its one-process-per-tab model.

And while I don't go as crazy as some with installing add-ons, there are a few FF add-ons that I depend on & haven't been able to find equivalents for in Chrome. Mainly tab hunter (let's you search open tabs by title/URL) and It's All Text (gives you a keyboard shortcut to open the contents of any textarea in an external editor). And I haven't found anything for Chrome that comes close to SessionManager, the most reliable way I've found to preserve Chrome settings is to just "taskkill /f /im" the process.

So these days, I typically have both of them open - with Firefox serving as my main browser, and Chrome (Iron, actually) with 1-2 windows open for stuff it does better. E.g. I'll usually switch over to Chrome for any browser-based uploading, since it shows a progress indicator - and I find Chrome a bit more stable for stuff like that, though in fairness I'm using Chrome for less & I'm also using the "Aurora" branch of Firefox (though I find Aurora on Win7 more stable than "stable" Firefox on XP, so YMMV). Though I've been using Chrome less on my laptop lately, since it's developed a nasty habit of crashing my video driver in the last 2 or 3 months.

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