Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 17:04 UTC
In the News NetApplications has released its latest browser market share figures, and these figures show that Chrome has overtaken Safari as the number three browser worldwide, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. IE, by the way, continues to lose popularity rather fast.
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I didn't like it
by kvarbanov on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 13:45 UTC
kvarbanov
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2008-06-16

I've been hearing a lot for Chrome, so I decided to check it - heck - yet another web browser, let's see what we've got. Surprisingly, I didn't see anything different. I had some issues installing it - ok, scratch that. Couldn't install it on W7 Ultimate, ok, fine, let's see a virtual machine with XP - we're good here. Strange UI, ugly overall look, couldn't find differences in the speed, in fact, most of the pages loaded slower than FF 3.5.6. The same was repeated on Linux, OpenSuse 11.0, with the same result. Now, I'm not saying it's bad, I see a lot of people like it, but it's just not my browser. Just like a car choice - there are some that you live in harmony with, and other that you want to get rid of.
A word on FF being slow - why, really ? I have the same version on Opensuse, W7, XP and Mac, but I don't think it's slower. Bad config or wrong addons ?
How about Fasterfox, Firebug, NewsFox, Download statusbar, FlashBlock, FireFTP, ReminderFox, thousands of themes, the search bar auto-options ? I'm not aware of browser that has so much customization ability, but I may be wrong.

Edited 2010-01-03 13:46 UTC

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RE: I didn't like it
by WereCatf on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 19:38 in reply to "I didn't like it"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

A word on FF being slow - why, really ? I have the same version on Opensuse, W7, XP and Mac, but I don't think it's slower. Bad config or wrong addons ?

I haven't used FF in a while now so I don't know if it's sped up recently, but when I moved away from it to Chrome it was both slower to start up and it rendered everything a lot slower. Especially on Linux FF was dog slow, a lot slower than its Windows counterpart. And yes, even without any addons.

How about Fasterfox, Firebug, NewsFox, Download statusbar, FlashBlock, FireFTP, ReminderFox, thousands of themes, the search bar auto-options ? I'm not aware of browser that has so much customization ability, but I may be wrong.

I kinda agree, FireFox is probably the most customizable browser of them all. But not everyone needs all that and as such other browsers suit them better. Oh, and FlashBlock is no longer FF-only, I use FlashBlock and AdBlock+ happily on my Chrome ;)

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RE[2]: I didn't like it
by lemur2 on Mon 4th Jan 2010 10:00 in reply to "RE: I didn't like it"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I use FlashBlock and AdBlock+ happily on my Chrome


Unfortunately I have found that these extensions for Chrom do not work properly. They hide blocked material from view OK, but the browser still downloads the hidded data.

Adblock Plus and Flashblock on Firefox can both prevent the unwanted data from even being downloaded, saving both page load times and user's bandwidth.

This fact alone can make Firefox effectively faster that Chrome/Chromium, even though the latter can render the page's data quicker once it has been downloaded to the browser.

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