Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:49 UTC
Google Chromium/Chrome, everyone's favourite web browser that descended from heaven to take us by the hand and guide us to the promised land of web browsers (that's how I look at it, anyway, but I'm insane) has been steadily evolving its Linux port. The latest feature addition? The first signs of native themeing.
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google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

on the maximized windows firefox, 133 pixels for everything at the top (including the titlebar), and 24 pixels of status bar at the bottom. Chrome takes up 64 pixels at the top, and nothing at the bottom. getting rid of the bookmarks bar in firefox brings the top bits down to 107, which makes it take only double chromes real estate.

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xnoreq Member since:
2009-01-06

With the Hide Menubar or similar addons you can easily get the same results in Firefox.

Still I really like their decision to adopt native UI stuff - they should do the same on Windows.

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flynn Member since:
2009-03-19

That's what I was about to say. With the menubar hidden the Firefox UI is only marginally taller then Chrome. I'm not sure how to measure the exact amount of pixels, but eyeballing it I say it's less then 20.

I'm in the minority here, but I actually don't like the Chrome UI. What everybody sees as a step forward in 'leanness' I see as a step back in functionality. Chrome lacks the Home and Stop keys, which I do find useful. Chrome also lacks separate location and search boxes. I have the search box set at Wikipedia most of the time and since the location bar defaults to a Google search I can easily choose between the two by using the Ctrl+L and Ctrl+K shortcuts.

Chrome also lacks mouse gestures. After being spoiled by Opera I consider any browser without mouse gesture capability to be crippled and unusable.

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steviant Member since:
2006-01-11

Firefox's interface IS heavy compared to Chrome (and the Chromium prereleases). Looking at Firefox 3.5 vs Chrome is like the comparison between Firefox and the Seamonkey suite. It feels dated and clunky.

Fortunately help is close at hand in the form of add ons.

The Personal Menu add on, which allows you to create a personalized menu which contains only the options you want while retaining the IE-like ability to get a full menu bar via the Alt key.

The Fission plug-in allows you to get a progress meter in the URL bar like previous versions of Safari, and can display link targets in the URL bar. This allows me to permanently do away with the status bar by providing a redundant source of the only information I value.

You can see the results of these two plugins at
http://portunus.net.nz/rtfm/Chrome_vs_Firefox.png which shows a comparison Chromium and Firefox on Linux.

Edited 2009-07-09 07:26 UTC

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