I can't imagine why would somebody move from a well-equipped development suite that Firefox has become, to something which leaves a lot to be desired (as you also point out in your article).
And, please, stop complaining about Firefox and memory, because this issue has been dramatically improved in the latest versions, and also about speed, because that is also a non-issue. Buy a better computer, dammit!
Ivo Fokkema - 2010-05-07 07:31:41 - In reply to message 1 from Vanco Ordanoski
Firefox is definitely a well-equipped development suite, whereas Chrome still has a lot to improve on this side.
However, that doesn't mean Chrome doesn't have other benefits over Firefox. Speed and memory usage are definitely issues. You should not forget that not everybody here has the ability to buy new hardware like you may have. I, for instance, am stuck with what my employer (Academic Hospital) gives me. I have a relatively modern PC (from 2007) here, and Chrome is definitely faster and uses less memory. An colleague of mine has a PC from 2005 even.
My computer at home is just two years old and was a good high-end machine back then, but also there Chrome runs much better than Firefox.
Also, many of us using Linux are not compiling our own software and as such don't have access to the latest Firefox, but are stuck with the version that comes with the OS currently installed. Chrome however provides packages for the latest version that can be installed on older OSes, too.
Paul Barrett - 2010-05-07 18:08:20 - In reply to message 1 from Vanco Ordanoski
Referring to the original comment:
Speed is not an non-issue. I could save a large amount of time not waiting for Firefox. The fact that other browsers are significantly faster means that "buy a better computer" is a non-solution. Why pay for Firefox's inefficiency when an efficient solution is available for free?
Similarly the improved memory usage means nothing when that improved usage is still worse than that of competitors.
The only things keeping me on Firefox for development are Firebug and the RestTest extension. Once there are equivalents on Chrome it is bye bye Firefox.
It's been a long time since I have used Firefox for regular browsing, since outside of development it is inferior to Chrome in almost every way.