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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another_sam
Member since:
2009-08-19

Firefox saved the web by punching Internet Explorer right in the face.

After that, as part of the evolution, came Firefox 3 with the Awesome Bar. But the Awesome Bar was and is too heavy for Gecko 1 (the guts of Firefox 3.6-). So Firefox became slow.

Then came Chrome with its clean, right to the point, back-end (much lighter) and front-end (noticeably more usable). And the V8 engine, that beast.

Since then, Chrome has been constantly updated and sharpen and Mozilla folks have worked hard to make Gecko 2 real. So what we have now is basically is Chrome at its best (and improving) and Firefox as always.

However, Gecko 2 is about to be released (inside Firefox 4), and with it, fixed start time and UI responsiveness. Also, JavaScript performance will jump from 0.5 to 0.8 Chromes for sunspider and from 0.25 to 0.6 Chromes for v8bench (arewefastyet.com).

Having no more features than Chrome and being slower than Chrome, why do I still use Firefox instead of Chrome? Because its free.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Also, JavaScript performance will jump from 0.5 to 0.8 Chromes for sunspider and from 0.25 to 0.6 Chromes for v8bench (arewefastyet.com).


These 30% to 50% jumps in performance shown on arewefastyet.com are merely the jumps in Firefox 4 performance since July 28 to September 15.

They are not the jumps in performance from Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 4, which has seen a performance improvement of over 250% in all.

The speed improvement from gecko 1.9 to Gecko 2, when it is released, will be far more dramatic than the picture you paint.

Having no more features than Chrome and being slower than Chrome


The first is decidedly incorrect, the second is yet to be determined, it is still an open question, except for the performance of rendering and compositing on not-too-old hardware, where Firefox 4 is many times faster than Chrome.

Edited 2010-09-24 13:44 UTC

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another_sam Member since:
2009-08-19

About speed, I'll give you my rates at Bubble Bobble at:
http://benfirshman.com/projects/jsnes/
Firefox 4 Beta 6: 15 FPS. Chromium 6: 60 FPS. Opera: 10.62: 60 FPS.

About features, I think browser market share trends are a strong indicator of features demand/satisfaction. In this field, Chrome is growing exponentially while Firefox has converged at 25%. This tells me that, compared with Chrome, Firefox has no more features relevant to the average user.

Firefox 4 will still be slower than Chrome for sunspider and v8bench, and has not more relevant features for the average user than Chrome. Which is what I was trying to communicate with the first message.

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