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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RE[2]: Tabs on top
by Zifre on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Tabs on top"
Zifre
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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[3]: Tabs on top
by lemur2 on Fri 24th Sep 2010 00:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs on top"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


I too doubt that Firefox's Jaegermonkey javascript engine will ever match Chrome's V8 javascript engine in the V8 javascript benchmark.

But then again, Firefox's Jaegermonkey javascript engine already outperforms Chrome's V8 javascript engine in Mozilla's new Kraken javascript benchmark.

I'll leave it up to the reader to try to figure out why the V8 benchmark is named as it is. The bottom line is that benchmarks are useful for measuring exactly how speedily different browsers run the benchmark ... but they are not necessarily much good for anything else.

Perhaps it might be instructive to look at what the benchmarks are said to be trying to measure.

Edited 2010-09-24 00:24 UTC

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RE[3]: Tabs on top
by lemur2 on Fri 24th Sep 2010 00:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs on top"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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).


On Linux, one can always choose a Window style that doesn't have a titlebar of any significant width at all ...

... if you choose such a Window style, then "tabs on top" does exactly what you want, even on Linux.

Alternatively, have you ever run a browser "fullscreen"?

Edited 2010-09-24 00:28 UTC

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