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Stop Using Chrome, Mozilla Engineer Says
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Phil C.
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Phil C.,
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8/20/2014 | 9:40:17 AM
Tried Chrome, hated it
I had Chrome installed on my home Linux machine for less than a day a few years ago and removed it.  It slowed everything down tremendously, even when I wasn't actively using the browser.  Also, it turned out that one couldn't configure it to launch a third-party email program, such as Thunderbird, Evolution or Eudora; it only works with Gmail webmail.  Since I access mail on several domains other than Gmail.com, that was a non-starter.  A couple of days ago I learned from an article at Tech Guru Daily by Guy Wright (July 21, 2014 - "Chrome is draining your battery") that Chrome has had a CPU-hogging bug for years, and Google has apparently known about it for a long time, yet hasn't done anything to fix it.  I found its performance on an AC-powered desktop machine absolutely unacceptable then, as well as more recently on Android hand-held devices.  Chrome causes mobile device batteries to be depleted up to 25% faster.  As far as I'm concerned, Google has nothing to offer in Web browsers.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/19/2014 | 6:16:47 PM
Re: Firefox no longer bloated and buggy?
Google more or less killed browser update news stories by making releases smaller and more frequent. You can't get a few hundreds words out of only a few minor technical additions unless you really pad it out. 
ChrisMurphy
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8/19/2014 | 6:09:56 PM
Re: Firefox no longer bloated and buggy?
The addition of tab browsing was the last time I got excited about a browser feature, I think. 
Lorna Garey
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8/19/2014 | 2:11:21 PM
Re: Firefox no longer bloated and buggy?
David Carr, with you 100%. Inertia is a powerful force, and FF will need to give me good reason to give it another shot, especially since I use a Chromebook extensively.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/19/2014 | 1:09:32 PM
Firefox no longer bloated and buggy?
I used Firefox religiously for a long time before getting seduced by Chrome. I don't know about bloated, but Chrome can also be buggy. Or maybe it's just my habit of keeping 20 tabs at a time open that makes it crash.

If Firefox lost ground because of a reputation for being bloated and buggy, have the reasons for that reputation gone away since the last time I looked? I still use Firefox for some purposes, particularly with a very nice Web Developer extension for the browser, but I haven't tried using it on a daily basis for a while, so it's hard for me to know whether it has gotten better.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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8/19/2014 | 12:51:17 PM
Firefox
I was a big Firefox fan back in the day, but as it got more bloated it would crash all the time, so I switched over to Chrome and it's done a great job. I have no loyalty to the brand though, whichever offers the best experience gets my usage. 

I even pop into Opera now and again for specific tasks it's just simply better than the others at. 

It's amazing seeing how far Chrome as come too. I remember the days of IE dominance wondering if anyone would ever be able to eclipse it. I had no idea Chrome was now far and above the most popular browser, though with the growth of Android mobile I suppose it makes sense. 
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