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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"Oh please let me switch"
by _xmv on Fri 24th Sep 2010 09:57 UTC
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2008-12-09

I find interesting that most users "would like to switch to chrome" from the "evil slow firefox" but "can't yet because XX feature is not in".

This seems to be motivated only by the will to change to the "newest kid on the block" and what "every cool kid uses so must use it too".

Basically, superficial, superficial and more superficial reasons, blocked by 1 random feature.

The reality looks quite different to me. Firefox is actually very fast (faster than chrome in many areas, even thus not advertised quite as well - it's not google) - albeit said users are only taking into account initial startup time.

"Politically":
Firefox is 100% open-source (not Chrome.). Mozilla manifesto has been followed for more than a decade without major failures - can't say that for Google.

It's a bit like flash. It's optimized, it's fast, and not really buggy anymore. You play a flash video 1080p and it uses way less resources than playing it using native codecs on your HTML5 browser of choice.
But hey, Flash is the old guy, bloated and crap right? HTML5 is the cool thing, Apple said so ffs!

At the end of the day, I regularly use Chrome and I'm usually not finding it quite fitting my needs. Tabs crash more often than not. Bookmark support is lacking. Rendering/compatibility is not always perfect. Sometimes its just plain slow too.
Now it's not a bad browser, but it's not up to par with Firefox in many areas, and if they were equal I wouldn't change either.
It would have to be actually better on more things than initial startup time...

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