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Mozilla & Gecko clones Over the weekend, the crew at Tom's Hardware was busy testing the recently-released Firefox 22 using the usual bevy of benchmarks. This roundup included Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, and Opera 12, along with the new Chromium-based build of Opera Next (alos known as Opera 15).
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Still using Firefox
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 4th Jul 2013 01:08 UTC
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

I've tried switching to Chrome as my main browser 2 or 3 times, after various frustrations with earlier versions of Firefox. But in Firefox I typically have at least a dozen windows open and upwards of a hundred tabs (on busy days, when juggling a lot of different things, it can hit 40 windows/300+ tabs). And Firefox handles that surprisingly well, RAM permitting - but I find Chrome starts to get sluggish once I reach 5 windows/50 tabs or so, mainly in terms of taking a long time to show page content when switching tabs. I've also found that, all things being equal (same windows/tabs open in both browsers), Chrome uses more RAM that FF - I would assume that's a downside of its one-process-per-tab model.

And while I don't go as crazy as some with installing add-ons, there are a few FF add-ons that I depend on & haven't been able to find equivalents for in Chrome. Mainly tab hunter (let's you search open tabs by title/URL) and It's All Text (gives you a keyboard shortcut to open the contents of any textarea in an external editor). And I haven't found anything for Chrome that comes close to SessionManager, the most reliable way I've found to preserve Chrome settings is to just "taskkill /f /im" the process.

So these days, I typically have both of them open - with Firefox serving as my main browser, and Chrome (Iron, actually) with 1-2 windows open for stuff it does better. E.g. I'll usually switch over to Chrome for any browser-based uploading, since it shows a progress indicator - and I find Chrome a bit more stable for stuff like that, though in fairness I'm using Chrome for less & I'm also using the "Aurora" branch of Firefox (though I find Aurora on Win7 more stable than "stable" Firefox on XP, so YMMV). Though I've been using Chrome less on my laptop lately, since it's developed a nasty habit of crashing my video driver in the last 2 or 3 months.

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RE: Still using Firefox
by lucas_maximus on Thu 4th Jul 2013 19:50 in reply to "Still using Firefox"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Being a web-dev I have 4 browsers open and two virtual machines with "proper" IE8 and IE9.

Maybe it the power of my machine at work (8 CPU Xeon), but Chrome never becomes sluggish while Firefox does.

It is odd that people have such different experiences.

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RE: Still using Firefox
by zima on Sat 6th Jul 2013 18:03 in reply to "Still using Firefox"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

at least a dozen windows open and upwards of a hundred tabs (on busy days, when juggling a lot of different things, it can hit 40 windows/300+ tabs)

Better to get rid of such browsing habits... (and I speak from experience; for me, the too-many-tabs habits were enabled by Opera)

Edited 2013-07-06 18:04 UTC

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RE[2]: Still using Firefox
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 6th Jul 2013 19:23 in reply to "RE: Still using Firefox"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

"at least a dozen windows open and upwards of a hundred tabs (on busy days, when juggling a lot of different things, it can hit 40 windows/300+ tabs)

Better to get rid of such browsing habits... (and I speak from experience; for me, the too-many-tabs habits were enabled by Opera)
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I find that to be the most efficient way to work using a browser, at least for me. I find it faster to leave windows/tabs open that I'm likely to need again in the near future - and I tend to open most things in new tabs, because I prefer being able to just switch tabs rather than waiting for websites/web-based applications. Then once a week or so, I go through and close any tabs/windows I don't need anymore.

And Firefox handles that surprisingly well, at least with TabHunter and SessionManager installed. It also helps that, when restoring a session in recent versions, Firefox only loads pages in the active tabs.

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RE[2]: Still using Firefox
by lvl21ogre on Sat 6th Jul 2013 19:56 in reply to "RE: Still using Firefox"
lvl21ogre Member since:
2013-07-04

With something like the Session Manager add-on, you don't have to "get rid" of the habit, you can just keep a set of tabs as a single session that's only opened when you want it to be. That way you only keep the tabs you want open, and sets of them are organized in a logical manner.

Of course, that's assuming you have so many tabs because you need them, like a cluttered desk that only you can make sense of. If it's just tabs you don't care about much yet don't close, then yes: that's a habit to adjust (use bookmarks, that's what they're for).

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