Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Aug 2011 21:27 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has already done a lot to clean up the user interface of its successful web browser, but it would seem they're not yet done. As someone who finds the current interface a little... Chaotic and distracting, I'm quite happy with the changes they're currently proposing. They basically pointed at Chrome and said "pretty much that".
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RE: Nice Firefox...
by Morgan on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 08:09 UTC in reply to "Nice Firefox..."
Morgan
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I'm genuinely curious: What browser are you moving to? You mentioned leaving Iceweasel so I'm assuming you are using Debian or a derivative.

I'd love to know what might be better than Firefox. I still use it for the easy sync, good extensions and cross-platform support. Those things exist in Chrome, though to a lesser degree on all fronts. Syncing in Chrome, for example, is easier to set up but has some pretty silly defaults. I prefer my most used shortcuts as "buttons" on the bookmark toolbar using only the favicon for identification. Firefox handles syncing those just fine, whereas Chrome puts them in a different random order on every subsequent install. For someone like me who is very nearly OCD, that is quite frustrating.

Still, I'm growing tired of seeing my memory usage in the high hundreds of megabytes with two tabs open in Firefox on Windows. It's not as bad on Arch Linux, but it's still the most resource hungry program I run in either OS by far. Chrome is not really an option for me, as I feel it's pretty much "Firefox Light", i.e. not enough to compel me to migrate fully to it despite the smaller footprint.

I do like what I've seen of Midori, though I feel it has a long way to go yet. I even find myself using Dillo and Links when I'm in Arch Linux, though mostly for text-heavy pages as neither handles modern formatting well.

So please, enlighten us! I'm sure I'm not the only one wanting to know what lies in greener pastures in the great browser war of 2011.

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