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Subject:Firefox vs Chrome
Summary:Why I think Chrome is faster
Author:Benjamin Willard
Date:2011-05-19 17:45:51
Update:2011-05-20 07:52:01

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Benjamin Willard - 2011-05-19 20:12:57
You do have the facts, the reason for switching from Firefox to Chrome is 2 major reasons.

1) Speed
2) Firefox Memory Hog.

- Speed, When developing websites I a lot of times need to develop in a quick order fashion to complete the projects I need to do. When I cannot figure out something, that is when I use firefox as a backup to check. Besides when developing websites, you have to most often check to make sure your website(s) work across all browsers. So I get in the habit of checking IE, Firefox, and Chrome but for the purpose of personal use, and for developing websites I use Chrome.

- Firefox has some sort of bug or problem with memory hog. I can keep chrome up for days at a time, with over 20 tabs with no memory problems. If i did the same for Firefox, I get almost 1 gig by the end of the week, causing MAJOR problems for me and slowing down my system. Firefox to me just a big memory hog when it comes to personal browsing. BUT it is in my opinion has the best tools for web developing. I just don't personally like it because of the memory hog, and I get by just using the Chrome's built in Developer Tools. If all else fails I tend to fire up firefox to double check something. Also Firefox addon for FireFTP works really well compare to the Chrome one, which I don't really care for... So from time to time I will develop in both browsers. They are unique in their own purpose and design.

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Manuel Lemos - 2011-05-19 21:12:57 - In reply to message 1 from Benjamin Willard
I mentioned we switched to Chrome in the past due to speed, but Firefox improved a lot recently.

As for memory usage, Chrome and any other browser also have that problem when you open too many tabs and keep the history of navigation.

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Pedro Teixeira - 2011-05-19 23:09:29 - In reply to message 2 from Manuel Lemos
I agree with Manuel in most of the aspects, but the issue of the memory hog is true and odd and is abusive after some days becomes unstable, anyway you can restart it and is solved.

About chrome, as Manuel refered adn well is faster than FF, but i have to say, when came out brought a Javascript engine that is amazingly fast and good witch forced FF making the same since Javascript have becoming really important in this last 2 years.

Just one note about chrome, i'm not sure if still does, but the first version did, if you have a good firewall in your machine, check how many requests and responses that browser makes to google servers..
i'm not sure what they keep, googleUpdater? sure..
i dislike this kind of policy and strangely if i can recall neider google used like.

Firebug on the right down corner rocks!

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Manuel Lemos - 2011-05-20 01:18:29 - In reply to message 3 from Pedro Teixeira
Chrome sends a lot of Web service requests to check if pages are known to have malware before they are fetched. It may also send requests to Web services to improve navigation. Check the privacy options of Chrome. You may want to disable some of them.

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Braulio Josť Solano Rojas - 2011-05-20 03:45:18 - In reply to message 3 from Pedro Teixeira
The issue with the firewall is because Chrome send a lot of informatio of what you're doing to Google. If you like Chrome better install this: ...
(which is Chromium without spying stuff).


Braulio Solano

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Colin McKinnon - 2011-05-20 07:52:01 - In reply to message 2 from Manuel Lemos
> but Firefox improved a lot recently.

I don't have the opportunity to test out different versions / platforms. But when I upgraded from FF 3.6.17 to 4.0.1 (on a MS Win XP platform - not my choice) the performance of the latter was truly apalling - a second delay between starting to type in forms and anything appearing on screen, animations jittery, it often just seemed to lock up.

I've since reverted to 3.6.

Subjectively, apart from startup times (Chrome is much faster) I don't perceive much of a difference between FF3.6 and Chrome 5.

But as I keep having to tell developers - the right browser to install / use is **all** of FF, MSIE, Chrome and Safari!