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[3]: Tabs on top
by Erunno on Fri 24th Sep 2010 09:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs on top"
Erunno
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2007-06-22

As for loading pages:

arewefastyet.com/


This has nothing to do with how fast pages load, it's just a couple of synthetic JavaScript benchmarks. During IE8 and IE9 development the IE team released a couple of interesting articles about the complexity of loading a web page. Hint: It's not just dependent on JavaScript execution speed. Depending on the site it can be rather minuscule compared to layouting, rendering, marshaling and unmarshaling of data, etc. A lot of speed issues get attributed to JS these days even if they have nothing to do with it. That's why some sites load faster (subjectively) in Firefox as Chrome is by no means leader in every aspect.

As for why I stay with Firefox for the time being:

-AwesomeBar. Omnibar is no competition for it. I don't need Google search as often as quickly pulling some sites I know from history or bookmarks. Bookmark tagging has completely changed the way how I organize my bookmarks, especially the ones which do not clearly fit into a single category (thus making a hierarchical folder organization rather painful).

-History sync between my computers. Having (mostly) the same history is a boon for a seamless browsing experience. Password sync is also only a partially solved problem on Chrome as extensions can't access the native store and have to use their own stores thus binding me to the extension/service.

-Privacy: True third-party cookie blocking (not some half-assed one like Safari, IE and Chrome), referrer spoofing, easy Flash cookie management (aka LSOs), overriding maximum age of cookies (against those 20+ years cookies), etc.

-Better extension ecosystem: Chrome may close in in sheer numbers, but a lot of the extensions leave a lot to be desired due to Google's approach to lock down extensions. Nothing compared to Firefox' extension which can remodel pretty much every aspect of the browser.

-Chrome does not scroll down a full page when hitting space but some kind of 8/10. This is driving me nuts because instead of continuing to read a web page at the top I have to find the point where I left of which is distracting.

-Bonus points for Mozilla's clear stance on keeping the web open.

Chrome though really is unmatched at the moment when it comes to interface performance, something I really hope Firefox one day will accomplish as well. They are half-way there with Firefox 4.0 but not yet in the same league as Chrome. Chrome also has a lot of small interface tweaks which makes it instantly pleasant to use. I only realized that when I looked at Mozilla's so-called "papercut issues" (a list of common Firefox annoyances), many which have never been an issue with Chrome from the beginning.

In the end I'm not really sure if power users are leaving Firefox for Chrome or just the easily pleased hipsters. After all, Firefox is a power user's wet dream due to its huge modifiability. It certainly gives more power to me as a user into my hands than Chrome does.

Edited 2010-09-24 09:14 UTC

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