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6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome
makeuseof.com ^ | Apr. 21st, 2009 | David Pierce

Posted on 04/21/2009 2:43:07 PM PDT by martin_fierro

6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome

Apr. 21st, 2009 By David Pierce

I did it. About a week ago, I took the plunge. I made Google Chrome my default browser, and now do almost everything within Chrome. I do miss Firefox every once in a while (after all, we were in a relationship for quite a while, and over a number of version changes), but I’m glad I’ve moved on.

Chrome is only getting better – rolling out more features, making existing features work even better, and generally getting faster and awesome-er.

Here are the six reasons that ultimately lead me to checking that “make Chrome my default browser” button:

(1) One Tab, One Process

My biggest issue with Firefox was always that it’s a memory hog. Leave it open overnight, and suddenly it’s taking up 400MB of RAM. That’s a lot of RAM. The only solution would be to close Firefox, and restart it – either losing all my tabs, or waiting approximately 19.5 hours for them all to open again.

Chrome’s better – each individual tab runs as its own process in Windows Explorer. There’s a task manager within Chrome that lets you see which, if any, tabs are using tons of memory, and close just that one. Similarly, if a tab crashes, you’ll be able to just close that one tab, rather than having to close Firefox entirely. With Chrome, browsers don’t crash: pages do. That’s a huge plus.

(2) One Box, Many Searches

With the address bar in Chrome, you can do a ridiculous number of things: search your history, do site-specific search (by typing a domain and then Tab), search Google, or get suggestions based on your browsing history. To search just about anything within Chrome, type Control+L and then whatever you’re looking for. Chrome’ll find it.

(3) Better Downloader

Firefox’s native download manager is awful – it’s a new window, doesn’t make finding documents easy, and does a bad job of showing you what’s downloading without lots of hunting. In Chrome, when you start a download, it just starts. There’s a status bar at the bottom of the page, and you can easily click to open the file, or right-click to do a number of other things with it. Though there are Firefox extensions to mirror the functionality Chrome has, I’d rather have it native – plus, Chrome’s is better anyway.

(4) The New Tab Page

Every time you open a new Tab in Chrome, you’re presented with a page full of possibilities. There’s a list of recently-closed tabs, in case you closed one by accident. There’s a box to search your history, in case you forgot the site you want to get back to. There’s a list of recent bookmarks, for some reason that I never really figured out. And, best of all, there’s a list of sites you visit most – easy access to your top 9 sites is pretty great – not to mention sad that addictinggames.com makes my list.

But that’s beside the point. There’s a ton you can do quickly and easily, right from the second you open a new tab in Chrome. Again, there are Firefox extensions that do some of these things, and the new build of Firefox promises a similar new tab page, but I’ll stick with Chrome.

(5) Application Shortcuts

Ultimately, this was the feature that sold me on Chrome: the ability to turn single sites into standalone applications. Now Gmail, Google Calendar, and Remember the Milk each have their own application that can be launched from the desktop, lives in its own window without a nav-bar, and looks and feels just like a desktop app. Click on a link, and you’re taken to a new tab in Chrome, so your page always stays open. That, plus Chrome’s great use of Google Gears, means your calendar, email, tasks and more can be available online and off as desktop apps.

(6) Tab Around

This one’s not as big a deal as the others, but I think it’s pretty fantastic: Tabs are incredibly easy to manipulate in Chrome. You can pull a tab out to make it its own window, or pull one back in to consolidate your browsing. You can even – I just discovered this – drag a Firefox tab into Chrome and it’ll load right there! If you’re reading this in Firefox, try it. I’ll wait.

Awesome, right? All over Chrome, tabs are easy to move around, open and close, and they live at the top of the page which makes them even easier to find and use.

To put it simply, Chrome is faster and smarter than Firefox. I liked Firefox a lot, but Chrome seems to get how I intuitively want to use a browser. I can’t switch permanently until Chrome has extensions, or at least functional Greasemonkey support; for my regular browsing, though, Chrome’s the clear winner.


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"DISCUSS AMONGST YOURSELVES"

1 posted on 04/21/2009 2:43:07 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: ShadowAce; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv

Techie Pingie


2 posted on 04/21/2009 2:43:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

3 posted on 04/21/2009 2:46:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: martin_fierro

How much of your activities feed back to Google, the people whose stated goal is to control all the World’s information [and help dictatorships control their people]?

I have used Firefox and don’t have the problems the article speaks of.


4 posted on 04/21/2009 2:48:25 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: martin_fierro

Chrome is pretty cool. So fast, especially if you have an older computer.


5 posted on 04/21/2009 2:48:57 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: DBrow

Yeah, it’d take an awful lot to sway me away from Firefox.


6 posted on 04/21/2009 2:49:27 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I’ve been using Safari for a while now and I am impressed with its speed and features. The only beef I have with it is I like the text as large as possible, and this makes the pages kinda funky looking at times. Bear in mind I’m no techie (I don’t even play one on TV.) How does Chrome compare to Safari?


7 posted on 04/21/2009 2:50:29 PM PDT by gracie1
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To: martin_fierro

Eff Google.


8 posted on 04/21/2009 2:50:54 PM PDT by WackySam (The fact that there are 24 hours in a day, and 24 beers in a case, is not a coincidence.)
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To: martin_fierro

Google is an evil leftwing conspiracy.

Gunner


9 posted on 04/21/2009 2:51:40 PM PDT by weps4ret (Where is John Galt?)
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To: gracie1
How does Chrome compare to Safari?


10 posted on 04/21/2009 2:53:22 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Is anyone familiar with the Google Latitude cell phone location tracker?


11 posted on 04/21/2009 2:53:42 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: martin_fierro

I’ve had it installed for 6 months.

I almost never use it.

No third party add-ons.

No Chrome. No way.

Try it. You won’t like it.


12 posted on 04/21/2009 2:53:44 PM PDT by angkor
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To: martin_fierro

I tried Chrome awhile back. It’s probably better now but at the time it couldn’t hold a candle to Firefox. In any case, I use the Delicious Firefox plugin for bookmarking and toolbar organization and I think it would not be possible to improve on their design. Easy to tag and you can build a toolbar that is filtered on any tag you like. That is an unbeatable implementation of bookmarks. For me it is easy - no Delicious plug-in - no chance for Chrome.


13 posted on 04/21/2009 2:56:28 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: martin_fierro

When will Chrome be on Linux?


14 posted on 04/21/2009 2:57:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: martin_fierro

Windows only. No sale.


15 posted on 04/21/2009 2:58:32 PM PDT by B Knotts (Worst economy since the Third Punic War)
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To: B Knotts

I use Opera on Linux.


16 posted on 04/21/2009 2:59:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: dfwgator

I’ve tried Opera before, but it just didn’t appeal to me.

I used to use Konqueror for everything, but now am using Firefox (actually Iceweasel) for most things.

There are things I dislike about Firefox...on x86-64, you can run the 32-bit-only Flash player, but there are weird problems sometimes. And, as the article states, it is a memory hog. It’s also pretty slow, even on a fairly powerful machine.


17 posted on 04/21/2009 3:04:35 PM PDT by B Knotts (Worst economy since the Third Punic War)
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To: B Knotts

I don’t know why, but it seems Firefox crashes a lot on Linux.


18 posted on 04/21/2009 3:06:02 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: InterceptPoint
My favorite Firefox plug-in is "Foxmarks" (now "Xmarks"). It updates your FF bookmarks across numerous computers.
19 posted on 04/21/2009 3:07:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I don’t care how good it is. I have never had the problems mentioned above with Firefox. I want NOTHING to do with The google gestapo.


20 posted on 04/21/2009 3:14:41 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: dfwgator

Well that is a showstopper for me....running mostly Ubuntu 9.04 here....but something is eating my cycles...


21 posted on 04/21/2009 3:15:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: martin_fierro

The memory leak has been a persistent problem with Firefox, since about version 0.7. It isn’t quite as bad now, but it still exists.

The largest memory usage I ever had was 800mb under version 2.

Under version 3, it typically ranges between 100-200mb.

Firefox does have some nice extensions/add-ons.

[I may give Chrome a try, but I don’t like Google installing a bunch of other junk, like its toolbar, etc.]


22 posted on 04/21/2009 3:15:52 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

23 posted on 04/21/2009 3:16:01 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: martin_fierro
It updates your FF bookmarks across numerous computers.

That's the beauty of Delicious. They save your bookmarks as tags on their computer. So you just sign in to delicious from any computer in the world that has Firefox installed with the delicious plugin and you have access to all your tagged bookmarks and can easily generate a toolbar filtered to any tag.

You should try it out.

24 posted on 04/21/2009 3:18:29 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
but something is eating my cycles...

Install htop. It'll figure that issue out.

25 posted on 04/21/2009 3:18:56 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: martin_fierro
The only solution would be to close Firefox, and restart it – either losing all my tabs. . .I routinely shut down Firefox with open tabs. It asks if you want to save them and I reply "yes". Next time I start Firefox, they all tabs automatically open. Think I'll stick with it.
26 posted on 04/21/2009 3:19:48 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: martin_fierro

I will NEVER put anything on my computer that puts information into Google’s hands.

Search with Ixquick.


27 posted on 04/21/2009 3:23:37 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: martin_fierro
My favorite Firefox plug-in is "Foxmarks" (now "Xmarks"). It updates your FF bookmarks across numerous computers.

Ditto that. I have several computers "Xmarked." Also Adblock Plus. Those two additions go on every machine running FF.I like Chrome, too, but I'm in FF 99% of the time.

For those anti-google people on this thread, go into your tools/options/security tab and unclick the "suspected attack site" and "suspected forgery" boxes. These call google everytime you click a link. This will speed up your Firefox a bunch.

28 posted on 04/21/2009 3:25:50 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: mojitojoe

Googlestapo?


29 posted on 04/21/2009 3:29:30 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: ShadowAce

htop.....thanks....I think it may be specific to 9.04....but can’t be sure.

Shutting down for a quick run out.


30 posted on 04/21/2009 3:30:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: martin_fierro

Macbots in 3...2...1...


31 posted on 04/21/2009 3:36:34 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: dfwgator

I’ve never had that problem, except for when the Google Toolbar didn’t work with x64 Linux and would crash firefox every time you opened more than 3 browser windows.

There’s no doubt it’s a memory hog, but I haven’t had it crash on me in at least a year.


32 posted on 04/21/2009 4:13:43 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (We are at an awkward stage: too late to fix things from within and too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: martin_fierro
Did you do something with your hair?

I'll stick with the Fox.

33 posted on 04/21/2009 4:14:14 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Big Giant Head

Life without Xmarks and ABP would be sad indeed.


34 posted on 04/21/2009 4:16:09 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (We are at an awkward stage: too late to fix things from within and too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: martin_fierro
My favorite Firefox plug-in is "Foxmarks"

Mine too. And Speed dial. No addons, no Chrome.

35 posted on 04/21/2009 4:28:10 PM PDT by KevinB (Those who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either being made.)
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To: martin_fierro

I switched about 2 months ago to Chrome. Although, I still have Firefox, and I downloaded Flock, but haven’t tried it out yet.


36 posted on 04/21/2009 4:28:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: dfwgator

I rarely get a Firefox crash, but I get 1) flash applets stop working, and are replaced with a blank gray area, and 2) the flash plugin gets overwhelmed and drives the load up, causing Firefox to render pages really, really slow.


37 posted on 04/21/2009 5:02:23 PM PDT by B Knotts (Worst economy since the Third Punic War)
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To: shibumi
I will NEVER put anything on my computer that puts information into Google’s hands.

You and me both. Might as well send your resume to Satan.

38 posted on 04/21/2009 5:23:16 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: shibumi
I will NEVER put anything on my computer that puts information into Google’s hands.

Actually what I said isn't quite true. I'll search using Google if what I'm searching for is atypical for me, thus actually REMOVING information from them.

39 posted on 04/21/2009 5:24:30 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Still Thinking

I already sent my resume’ to Satan.

He said I was “overqualified” and suggested the DNC.

shibumi (aka Hummungus, Lord of the Wasteland.)


40 posted on 04/21/2009 5:33:22 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: shibumi

LOL


41 posted on 04/21/2009 6:09:06 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: martin_fierro

>>(1) One Tab, One Process <<

That’s the only one that’s compelling to me.

But I use 35 plugins that would need to be duplicated to change from Firefox.


42 posted on 04/21/2009 6:26:07 PM PDT by gondramB
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To: weps4ret
I use Google to check on specific news. But... I'm logged in from Finland, it detects that... and is giving me everything in Finnish. I can't read Finnish! The Finnish Google homepage doesn't seem to have a "news" link.

I hate websites that are too clever by half.

43 posted on 04/21/2009 8:23:10 PM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: shibumi

You’re scary sometimes. [evil grin]


44 posted on 04/21/2009 9:05:42 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Boanerges)
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To: Markos33
I guess it takes one to know one.....




45 posted on 04/21/2009 9:12:40 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: shibumi

Ain’t that the truth.


46 posted on 04/21/2009 9:20:51 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Boanerges)
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To: dfwgator
Firefox on Linux used to hang for me a lot as well. Since I managed to upgrade to a recent Adobe Flash add-in, Firefox has been more stable for me. Prior to the upgrade, I usually saw the hangs when (or shortly after) I closed a tab that had been displaying some Flash stuff.
47 posted on 04/21/2009 11:30:18 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!)
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To: martin_fierro

Thanks for the suggestion.

I installed Chrome several weeks ago but had not really checked it out. Your post prompted me to take a closer look.

The speed of loading and accessing pages is tremendous in comparison to Firefox — particularly, when using Avast. After installing Avast about a year ago, loading pages in Firefox became a problem. Chrome doesn’t seem to have that problem.

There are a few Firefox extensions that I miss, but Chrome’s speed in comparison to Firefox is a big plus.

I can definitely see making Chrome my default browser at some point.


48 posted on 04/22/2009 1:45:53 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

After I left this thread last night, I spent some more time with Chrome. I imported all my bookmarks and started dragging them around in Chrome. But for the X-marks, I might keep Chrome as default on my main machine. I pulled several of my main bookmark folders, or categories, onto the bookmark toolbar, each with dozens of bookmarks in them. It’s much faster navigation this way. Very cool.


49 posted on 04/22/2009 2:57:57 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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Very cool.

Yep.

I've been using Chrome all morning. The more I use it the more I like it. The speed is fantastic in comparison to other browsers. It's simple, but very functional. I may make it my default as well.

In recent months, Firefox has been crashing on me at least once a day. I'm going to give Chrome a try all day. If no crashes, it's probably going to be my default.

50 posted on 04/22/2009 5:50:53 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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