Do you use Chrome or Firefox? Why? Which is faster in real life?

I read all the time about how great Chrome is and how it’s grabbing market share, but in my real-world-experience, Chrome is no where near as fast, efficient a browser as Firefox. Some notes:

  1. I only use openSUSE 11.3, Fedora 13 (so I haven’t tried Chrome/Firefox on Windows)
  2. On Firefox I can have 30 tabs open and they all run perfectly and scrolling is super smooth
  3. On Chrome, after about 6 tabs, things start to slow down and scrolling is no where near as smooth
  4. Flash runs much better in Firefox with a visible more FPS (there’s jerkiness, blurring/artifacts in Chrome for the same videos)
  5. In Firefox, I not only have more tabs, I also have a bunch of addons running and it’s still faster than Chrome (and with the addons disabled, it’s blazing)
    • in Chrome I do have a few extensions as well (such as flashblock)

I tried using Chrome for an entire day and I found it excruciating. I had to cut down the number of tabs I had open at once to 5-6, whereas in Firefox I never have fewer than 35 (split into Panorama Tab Groups) and usually 10 or more in the active group.

What’s been everyone else’s experience?

On Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:06:02 +0000, 6tr6tr wrote:

> What’s been everyone else’s experience?

I use both Chrome and Firefox.

I find Chrome to be a memory hog and it suffers from memory leaks. But
it launches faster.

I’m not overjoyed by the rapid update schedule that Firefox has. It
opens slowly (even current versions) because I have a number of plugins
installed, but I find in some instances (like using Skillsoft online
learning) it gives a better experience.

I tend to use Chrome for things where I need to quickly look at something
on the web or for my morning reading list, and Firefox when I need the
stability.

Jim


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Neither. chromium works fine for me. Firefox changes my default settings without asking my permission; so I removed it.

Both work fine for me. No slowness of any kind on either one. I tend to discard tabs with abandon so I don’t notice leaks much. Once in a blue moon a page will render well in one but not the other but those have been getting rarer. So I keep using both.

I have tried Chrome a couple of times and just didn’t like it, don’t know why just not for me. Mind you i have been using FF since it was Phoenix and have always preferred it over everything else but, this new continuous update schedule is starting to annoy.

I only use the Beta version of Firefox. It is stable, fast, customizable and Firefox is adding new features under the hood with every new release.

This page needs updated, but to get an idea of what is down the line.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Features/Release_Tracking

It gets better with every release. Watch out for those chem spills though. :wink:

IE 7/8/9 depending on which PC I’m at, Firefox and Chrome.

I use IE/Firefox for work, Chrome is more for personal stuff. I like the browser sync setting that started with Chrome.

you are a browsing professional…

I think it will slow down once it gets one or two units above the current IE version. Not different from the new oS numbering vs ubuntu, intentional or not. :slight_smile:

I apologize if I’m misunderstanding you but…are you being sarcastic? I never meant to imply that I’m an expert on browsers, only that in real usage (for me) Firefox runs much more efficiently and smoothly than Chrome on openSUSE 11.3.

Why is it important which browser is faster?
I never cared about that. Firefox is fast enough that i can browse all
pages. Chrome is fine too, but i would prefer chromium over chrome.
My maxim is, use what you like and don’t worry about the haters.


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On Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:46:31 +0000, JoergJaeger wrote:

> Why is it important which browser is faster? I never cared about that.
> Firefox is fast enough that i can browse all pages. Chrome is fine too,
> but i would prefer chromium over chrome. My maxim is, use what you like
> and don’t worry about the haters.

Well, performance can be an important factor under many circumstances.
Why do people want fixes for Flash taking over their CPU? Because
performance is important.

In my case, I find Chrome works well for many tasks as long as I don’t
need the browser open for an extended period of time or too many tabs.
That’s because there’s apparently a memory leak somewhere, and when the
system starts swapping, system performance is affected.

Jim


Jim Henderson
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On 10/3/2011 3:49 PM, Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:46:31 +0000, JoergJaeger wrote:
>
>> Why is it important which browser is faster? I never cared about that.
>> Firefox is fast enough that i can browse all pages. Chrome is fine too,
>> but i would prefer chromium over chrome. My maxim is, use what you like
>> and don’t worry about the haters.
>
> Well, performance can be an important factor under many circumstances.
> Why do people want fixes for Flash taking over their CPU? Because
> performance is important.
>
> In my case, I find Chrome works well for many tasks as long as I don’t
> need the browser open for an extended period of time or too many tabs.
> That’s because there’s apparently a memory leak somewhere, and when the
> system starts swapping, system performance is affected.
>
> Jim
>

Well, yes. I just think that all browser have similar speeds. Haven’t
encountered any browser that really lagged.
In fact, Chromium had problems with some pages that contained flash.
This might be not a problem with Chrome.
Also there are different technologies that are implemented in different
browsers, from what i understand, that gives one a different experience.
I found firefox still the best allaround browser out there. Others were
not as good, but thats my personal experience and does not reflect a fact.
Like i said, whatever works for you is the best.


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I have Chrome open all day with a minimum of 6 tabs open and I have yet to notice it slow down or any memory leaks. I got tired of not having the latest stable and safe browser so I have switched almost complete over to Chrome even to the point of making it the default browser in KDE. Now it’s out of the hands of openSUSE or of adding a different repo if I want the latest Firefox (even if it’s broken) or hoping Mozilla keeps up. I run Firefox in parallel sometimes but not too often. Mozill tends to be the one grabbing up memory and no letting go when it’s shut down. Your millage may vary and I don’t claim to be a typical user and this is my own opinion.