Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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I switched, then switched back
by Elv13 on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 22:06 UTC
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The reason is simple, I am a developper. Not a web, developper, event if it would make my point better, but a simple developper.

Firefox UI use Xul, an HTML like XML tree contain all the interface element and the web page itself. It can be skinned with CSS and extended with JavaScript just as any websites. It is so easy to tweak the pixels and save space that in the end, Firefox can be more minimalistic than chrome. The extensions store is also much bigger. AutoPager get ride of the multiple pages in most websites (page 1, 2, 4, 5 for a story or a forum thread, or just google). Adblock and noscript make the pages cleaner, total toolbar make the elements more flexibles, firebug and DOM inspector make simple tweaks faster. Stylish allow better and cleaner style for webpages, GreaseMonkey add features to webapps. And so on! Many of them are being ported to chrome, but not all, I miss those too much.

Yes, it is a lot slower, and I don't like that. But it is so customizable. As a power user, it just offer me too much for the speed I lose. It is an offer I can not refuse.

Firefox 4 is also back in the game for many aspects, while other like tab candy / panorama make it just better than anything else

+1 for Firefox

Edited 2010-09-23 22:12 UTC

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Right on. Until Chrome has all the extensions I use on Firefox, I won't use it. The same can be said for a lot of power users (who tend to use a lot of extensions). We probably use overlapping but mostly different sets of extensions, so Chrome will really only win power users when it supports most extensions that power users use... which won't be happening any time soon, if ever.

Chrome vs. Firefox is like Macintosh vs. Linux: One of them has precisely what the average person wants most of the time, the other has precisely what I want (or I can change it till it does). Adequately average (and fast/easy) may be good enough for a lot of people but for those with exacting requirements the only killer feature is control.

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