#1 By: howtogeek, June 13th, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165264/heres-why-firefox-is-still-years-behind-google-chrome/
Firefox has a problem. It has fallen behind, with development stalled on the most crucial, most difficult problems. Many of the most significant improvements in Firefox over the past few years have simply been copying changes made in Chrome.
#2 By: News, June 13th, 2013 06:54
Hit Ctrl+Shift+E in Chrome or IE.
without this feature Chrome/IE is no option for me; the possibility to easily group and visualize tabs makes FF extremely productive
#3 By: soufianesakhi, June 13th, 2013 07:19
I have tried Firefox and Chrome both for a prolonged time.
I am a heavy add-on user and I open a lot of tabs, but you just can't have 25 add-ons and a lot of tabs open without having at least 1GB of RAM consumed in Chrome.
Multi processing also have it's downside and here it's clear that it's due to heavy RAM consumption.
Also Firefox is still a lot more customizable than Chrome (UI etc..)
Just to say that Firefox is still my first choice.
#4 By: Jeff Johnson, June 13th, 2013 07:47
Behind or not, I avoid chrome whenever possible because of Google's invasive tracking of user activity.
#5 By: Frederick Sieber, June 13th, 2013 08:46
Here is why Google Chrome is Still Years Behind Firefox. A wide variety of well considered add ons makes the overall result a much more productive environment. Firefox is much more mature this way. In comparison, to me chrome is just a super toy. Firefox does have a problem where poorly desired addons can lock up the whole browser, they also have a tendency not to support the add on creators enough, so a lot of good add ons end up getting trashed.
#6 By: SeanLeacy, June 13th, 2013 09:20
I just made the switch back to Firefox after years of work with Chrome. There is still an unresolved issue that Google has been aware of for a couple years where Chrome completely crashes OS X. I got tired of having power cycle my system and delete my Chrome profile from the ~/Library just to get my browser back.
#7 By: Troads, June 13th, 2013 09:34
I've been using SRWare's Iron, it's based on the Chromium project but more security focused. Hopefully it's not reporting to Google in the background.
#8 By: Giovanna Visconti, June 13th, 2013 10:09
One of the reasons I continue to use FF is because there are more security add-ons available for it than for either IE or Chrome. It IS difficult to maintain a decent level of "privacy" on the web, but at least with FF there are more layers I can add between me and, well, Google, for example. Nothing's totally "private" anymore as we know, but for those of us who'd like SOME veils, FF affords more than either IE or most certainly, Chrome.
#9 By: Cambo, June 13th, 2013 10:12
For those of you concerned about "tracking".
You can easily be tracked...regardless of whether Google does it or not. To assume you have complete anonymity on the web is naive. You can also be tracked on most commercially provided VPN services as well. The fact that your name and address is published in the phone book is step 1. If you think you can take refuge in Mozilla's software, guess who pays the majority of Mozilla's bills? Google.
I'd be far more concerned about various government services (or credit card companies) losing a simple USB key without encrypted data on it (which happens all the time).
#10 By: Anita M, June 13th, 2013 10:31
I've been using Comodo Dragon for about a year now and have been happy with it.
#11 By: Paul Hounshell, June 13th, 2013 10:32
Curious about what tracking you mean. Link it up.
#12 By: Jeremiah Klein, June 13th, 2013 10:37
Huh, 4.7 years behind? Maybe that's why I like it so much. It works nearly flawlessly with all my legacy applications and sites. And, it's intuitive. I can't stand IE. Every update from Microsoft on it breaks some functionality and I have to roll back to the older version. Mozilla - take your time, offer us - again - a great alternative to IE when it's ready.
#13 By: Todd, June 13th, 2013 10:53
Hate to be the animal geek here, but that is a picture of a red panda not a fox.
#14 By: Jeff Sadowski, June 13th, 2013 11:05
Firefox is way ahead in the most important aspect for developers. It is so much easier to see errors on pages.
Firefox is still ahead on the quality of its plugins it is arguably Firefox's doing. Is it easier developing plugins for Firefox or is it just more developers of plugins just use Firefox? My two most favorite are noscript(Chrome's version notscripts is lacking in configurabily access and just not as useful) and cookie monster(must have for developers, cookie monster for Chrome isn't the same)
Configuring Firefox is also so much easier for the most part. Most things I want to do are in the options.
I can not stand tabs(ctrl+tab I need to leave the home keys alt+tab I do not). Firefox allows me to basically turn most tab features off.
Firefox may need to improve but it seems they listen more to their user base than Google does.
#15 By: Art Clarke, June 13th, 2013 11:23
Faster or no, on Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit Chrome hangs when a user tries logging into eBay or just about any other secure site.
Firefox works fine!
#16 By: tweeterson123, June 13th, 2013 11:49
Windows Mobile was released so late?? I think you meant to say it was released first, by a good number of years...
#17 By: Mark Schneider, June 13th, 2013 12:00
Exactly my experience as well.
#18 By: R Obot, June 13th, 2013 12:00
Firefox doesn't track you and give this information to the NSA like Google does. Google Analytics tracks you everywhere. I will stick with Firefox.
#19 By: Jeff Sadowski, June 13th, 2013 12:00
Thinking about it 3 plugins that should get integrated into Firefox are noscript, cookie monster and ad block plus.
noscript: It allows you to individually select sites of scripts you want to run and don't want to run. It wasn't too hard for me to explain how to use it to my mom and to others that don't really understand computers. If the page seems to contain everything you where looking for stop allowing new scripts. It can cut malicious scripts down quite a bit.
cookie monster: like noscript for cookies.
add block plus: It isn't just to block advertisement it can be used to customize your experience in a way you don't see stuff you don't want to see very nice plugin.
IMHO these should come built in to Firefox. These three plugins should really be built into all web browsers. Chrome and IE need to think about adding such features. Script selection, cookie selection and what you see selection. And allow selecting of group effort sites that have lists of stuff to block on default.
I don't mind seeing advertising, however if it contains vicious scripts I want them blocked. If it contains questionable material I want it blocked. I am happily married I don't want to see advertisement for dating sites. If I can customize what I see on a regular basis I'm happy.
#20 By: Jeff Sadowski, June 13th, 2013 12:04
I love Firefox but I've had opposite problems with pages. Firefox doesn't work right on Actiontec routers. And I think I had problems with some other routers.
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