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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Tabs on top
by Zifre on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 22:52 UTC
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

I switched to Chrome as soon as they released the Linux beta for one reason:

It puts the tabs on top (as in, they can be accessed with the mouse at the top of the screen). This is a huge usability advantage as shown by Fitt's law. I never really noticed a difference in speed or anything else.

Yes, I know there is an extension to do this in Firefox, but it is slow and interacts poorly with window managers.

If Firefox gets real support for this, then I will definitely switch back.

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RE: Tabs on top
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 23:05 in reply to "Tabs on top"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I switched to Chrome as soon as they released the Linux beta for one reason: It puts the tabs on top (as in, they can be accessed with the mouse at the top of the screen). This is a huge usability advantage as shown by Fitt's law. I never really noticed a difference in speed or anything else. Yes, I know there is an extension to do this in Firefox, but it is slow and interacts poorly with window managers. If Firefox gets real support for this, then I will definitely switch back.


Firefox 4 puts tabs on top by default (it can be changed back if you like). Firefox 4's Jaegermonkey javascript engine will just about match Chrome's V8 javascript engine, and Firefox 4 will support hardware accelerated page rendering and compositing, which will outperform Chrome's rendering speeds by many times over.

Firefox 4 should match Chrome for usability, and beat it handily for overall speed.

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RE[2]: Tabs on top
by panzi on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 23:12 in reply to "RE: Tabs on top"
panzi Member since:
2006-01-22

Firefox 4's Jaegermonkey javascript engine will just about match Chrome's V8 javascript engine, and Firefox 4 will support hardware accelerated page rendering and compositing, which will outperform Chrome's rendering speeds by many times over.

I believe it when I see it. Don't get me wrong, I really hope this will be the case but judging from some nightlies I really do not have much hope in that. I have to try a fresh nightly, though. Oh and I use Firefox. I only use Chrome when some site is just to horrible slow with Firefox (e.g. when browsing a very long archive on tumblr Firefox sometimes gets so slow it needs >15 seconds to react after each click).

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RE[2]: Tabs on top
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 23:15 in reply to "RE: Tabs on top"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I try the FF4 test releases. I still find FF4 slow, especially responsiveness-wise, Chrome kicks every other browser's ass. Launching Chrome is instant, FF4 - not so much. FF4's interface is still the same monstrosity, just prettied up. It's nowhere near as fast as Chrome. FF has too much baggage.

As for loading pages:

arewefastyet.com/

Says it all. Still a long way to go.

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RE[2]: Tabs on top
by Zifre on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 23:58 in reply to "RE: Tabs on top"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

Firefox 4 puts tabs on top by default (it can be changed back if you like).

You missed the key part: that tabs can be accessed with the mouse at the top of the screen (e.g. like the Mac menu bar). Firefox doesn't do this (at least not on Linux).

Firefox 4's Jaegermonkey javascript engine will just about match Chrome's V8 javascript engine, and Firefox 4 will support hardware accelerated page rendering and compositing, which will outperform Chrome's rendering speeds by many times over.

I doubt they will ever match Chrome's speed in synthetic tests. But I don't really care. I have no complaints about Firefox's speed (of course, faster is always better), and I'll definitely switch back if they give me my precious tabs on top.

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RE[2]: Tabs on top
by molnarcs on Fri 24th Sep 2010 06:14 in reply to "RE: Tabs on top"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

Firefox 4 should match Chrome for usability, and beat it handily for overall speed.


Take that with a grain of salt, especially since the Firefox guys publish benchmarks comparing their latest code with code released months ago. One has to wonder why... Don't assume - like FF devs do -- that the Chrome devs collectively went on a holiday after the 6.xxx release! Besides, why would I trust a benchmark released by Mozilla itself using their own benchmarking tools over something like peacekeeper, that seems to simulate real world scenarios (social networking, logins, encrypting connections, graphics commonly or not so commonly encountered on webpages, etc.). As it stands now, their new javascript engine must beat the one in FF 3.6 by 250% to become competitive against current stable release of Chrome.

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