Linked by Wes Bascas on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 11:00 UTC
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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I have noticed that too and it has GOT to be the Gecko engine, because both IceDragon and Pale Moon do similar "senior moments" as I call them.

I like Firefox's user interface, I dunno what it is, but I prefer it.

But I don't use it for development other than doing CSS anymore since Chrome's tools are far better.

IE9 and 10 IMHO are more than good enough for most people. I've also got well past the stage of evangelising a better browser ... if people have problems they will ask or find a better solution.

Having slightly better performance is great and all but I think there are so many little problems with Firefox these days it is a dubious honour (and for the person who wants to know what these are they are so numerous and odd that I could not possible list them all).

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lvl21ogre Member since:

A combination of Firebug, Chrome, and other dev tools is really the way to go. There are things each can do the others cannot, and even the native Firefox tools have some nice features you shouldn't overlook even if you reach for one over the others by default.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Sorry the new native tools are awful.

Chrome dev tools are more stable quite frankyly and are easier to use.

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bassbeast Member since:

I think the UI is fine, although if we were judging strictly based on UI I would lean towards Pale Moon and IceDragon as they are much less likely to suddenly change, but its the "senior moments" I've found that drive people up the wall when it comes to gecko based browsers.

For those that don't know a "senior moment" is when an OS or program will "hang" or come unresponsive for a few seconds, not enough to call the program hung and attempt a hard shutdown, just long enough to interrupt the workflow and be REALLY annoying. For a good example of this try Vista RTM on a P4 with HT and Speedstep, or firefox now,especially if you have a lot of bookmarks or tabs going.

But I agree there are too many niggling problems with FF for speed to be the primary concern and in fact I've found on the average home connection browser speed is probably the least likely bottleneck, more often its the ISP DNS, line congestion, or bandwidth limitations that will bottleneck the system before the browser does. worrying about browser speed today is like putting a monster GPU into a system that is still running a 4200 RPM hard drive, all that speed isn't gonna fix the other bottlenecks.

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