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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They don't have me.
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 24th Sep 2010 06:52 UTC
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2006-12-05

Long story short, back when I tried Chrome, I hated its GUI (its menus have got slightly better since then, but I still feel crippled trying to do what I want) and Firefox had all the extensions. Chrome had (and still has) mouse gestures; now it has AdBlock, but I'm not sure if it blocks the ads completely or "hides" (ie. still downloads and wastes bandwidth) them. If it hides, no thanks--I'll take my Firefox with Adblock and REAL ad-blocking any day. NoScript is also still not available for Chrome. And Firefox's bookmarks handling is better than Chrome's.

But the big problem is their distribution. Their site sucks--by default you get a little online "installer" which installs an unwanted "Google update" service. If you want the full/offline installer without the update service crap, you need to practically do a Google search for it because it seems they purposely try to hide it. And when you do get it, the file has a cryptic, completely non-descriptive name, no version number whatsoever (same across all operating systems), so anyone who likes to keep local copies of the latest software (installers) is screwed for the most part unless they rely on the Wikipedia article or something else for the latest version and release date.

And then to update, you have to randomly and regularly click "About Chrome". WTF? Seriously, why can't it be like every other piece of software, and check upon startup whether there are updates, then notify you and ask if you'd like to download and install them? This and my previous point about the cryptically named and hard to find offline installer are the two biggest reasons I want nothing to do with Chrome. Its crippling GUI and the whole point of Google already getting enough information from me are secondary, but still more key reasons I don't use it.

I already use Google to search--what more freaking information do they want? Sorry, but I see no reason to give them more by using their browser. I don't trust them.

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