Switching from Firefox to Chrome

In 2004 I switched from Internet Explorer to FireFox.

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I’m now switching from Firefox to Chrome. I’ve played with Chrome occasionally since it was released, but now it supports Extensions, similar to Firefox’s addons, enabling me to block ads and other annoying website “features” (usually flash-specific).

Google’s Chrome browser has these advantages over Firefox:

  • It’s noticably faster for me – starting up and browing websites.
  • Its interface has less clutter, although that can be annoying too: I sometimes have to hunt for functions I don’t use often.
  • It crashes less often.
  • Incognito mode is useful when working on client or public sites.

Some things I don’t like about Chrome, which Firefox has an advantage over:

  • New windows pop up for some sites. Firefox has addons that take of that crap – Chrome needs a bit more work in that department.
  • It’s not as customizable as Firefox.
  • More addons are available for Firefox, although Chrome now supports ad-blocking, so this is not a big issue.

If you do decide to switch from Firefox or Internet Explorer (anyone still use IE?) to Chrome, it seamlessly imports all your bookmarks and saved form and password data, if you used those functions.

Have you made the switch?

16 Replies to “Switching from Firefox to Chrome”

  1. I switched a while back. I find I still need to use IE and FireFox for work related stuff.

    You forgot to mention the Chrome task manager… what? You haven’t noticed that yet? If you have a bunch of tabs open, sometimes 1 gets hung and closing it the normal way doesn’t work, you can go to the chrome task manager to kill the page. Although, if the page is taking a while, Chrome will ask you if you would like Chrome to kill the page for you or you can wait.

  2. Hey pal, did you see the NERD?

    I keep flip-flopping back and forth between chrome and firefox. Right now I’m on firefox. I found the last version of chrome was a gigantic memory hog (was using 250mb right when I’d open it) and it was crashy. It’s probably better now, I just don’t care to switch back. Although I DO like that it wastes less space at the top.

  3. I have Chrome downloaded and available on my Ubuntu system. For the most part I like it, and I agree pretty much with your assessment of it. I do feel it has a ways to go to become something I would replace Firefox with.
    For the time, it’s something I like to play with from time to time, be amazed at the speed, then go back to Firefox for reality. It looks like it has a good chance of maturing, though.

  4. DonL’s comment above reminded me: I haven’t tried Ubuntu since 2005. I have a couple boxes collecting dust I could test it again on, but I’m thinking: why? If there were new systems with no OS on them I’d try it, but the reliable versions of XP (OK, that’s debatable) seems to work well enough.

    I’m using Windows 7 now. No complaints except for the stupid “pretty” shit Microsoft injects.

  5. I’ve tried Chrome a few times, but Firefox, except for being a little show, isn’t broke, doesn’t need fixing. I don’t want to get used to a new browser if I don’t have to, and I don’t have to.

    Chrome adblock doesn’t work as well as Firefox adblock. The ads still show up for a split second, then they disappear, and the space for the ad is still there but blank. That’s kind of messy. Firefox removes ads before they even show up with no blank space left behind.

    I use page magnification (or whatever it’s called) on about half the sites I visit because I don’t like the micro-fonts that have become cool since “Web 2.0.” Monitors have gotten larger and fonts have gotten smaller. Silly. Anyway, Chrome can magnify pages but doesn’t remember the size of the magnification for each page like Firefox. That means I have to adjust the magnification every time I visit one of those sites. That’s a pain.

    Firefox has Incognito mode. I use it all the time at work.

  6. I’ve been using the beta version of Chrome – it fixes most of those issues you mention, Phillip.

    But I agree: if firefox works well enough for you, then why switch?

    I think the biggest reason for me is the speed improvement.

  7. I switched from FF to Chrome and then switched back two weeks later. For me, it’s being able to control the little things, such as diverted tabs loading in the background. Firefox has the about:config area where I can set everything up just so.

    I think most people don’t care about that stuff and Chrome would be a very suitable browser for them. It definitely rendered faster than FF for me.

  8. blah blah blah blah..santa’s little helper..blah blah blah…

    I gotta learn about these computery thingys…guess they are not a fad…

  9. > I gotta learn about these computery thingy

    No ya don’t, unless you’re taking up a new career, which I hear you may need to do soon

  10. I’m using Chrome beta – I love the extra real estate & having search in the address bar. Most sites work but a VBulletin update on one of my favorite forums didn’t work in Chrome until fixed weeks later – and some apps like GoToMeeting prefer IE. I use Firefox when I need ColorPicker or other must-have addins. Hopefully Chrome will catch up.

    I like “Find text” being handy in the upper right but it closes and has to be re-opened when you change pages. I wish it would stick.

    Sunday night. A time reflect on the week, wonder how I wound up 1000’s of miles from home, & use Chrome to search for “Farewell to Nova Scotia” & “Canadian Pacific” on the Internets.

  11. Jody, I’ve been using Linux exclusively for over ten years, but I’m not a fanboy, I just find it does what I want it to do, and after a few years of using Ubuntu, I’ve found it an easy way of using what used to be a slightly difficult OS to deal with. I had to learn to type in commands back then, learn what to type, and what not to, because you could really screw up your system. The fact that could happen is not necessarily bad. It’s an indication that you have some power over how things are implemented. With modern distributions, that power is still available to you, but if you want a more careful approach, there is point and click no trouble right there. I know people who use point and click with this exclusively and have no problems.
    Big improvements in five years!

  12. Hey DonL,

    I’ve been using unix-based systems for 15+ years – I’m used to the command-line interface and know the underlying technology well. I COULD use Linux at home but there are a couple windows-based software I use that I’m not willing to give up yet. If I setup a server network I would probably use Linux as the hub, but again, I have no reason to do that yet either.

    I think I’m more interested in Linux just from a geek perspective – I like the idea of using it more than anything.

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