As an alternative to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox once reigned supreme. Over the past couple of years, however, Google Chrome has risen to claim its spot. Firefox had become more bloated, slower and less innovative. Someone at Mozilla finally realized that, however, and they have been working hard to increase Firefox’s speed, slim down the interface and be more proactive with its innovative development. Moreover, as far as Linux web browsing is concern, I now believe Firefox to be more effective for my uses than Chrome.
This news should make KDE users happy. One of the issues with using any non-KDE apps with KDE is that you often get stuck with a GTK file dialog. In my opinion, the GTK file picker just does not measure up to the KDE one. A while back, someone added support for Mozilla Firefox, but Google Chrome / Chromium users still had to endure the GTK dialog.
Well, soon, the agony will be over, at least, it would seem so. According to a bug report on the Chromium website, the developers just added KDialog support a week ago. It will, of course, take time to make its way into a stable release, but the news is promising, nonetheless.
On a given day, I may use three different browsers for various reasons. Sometimes one browser just gets the job done better than another. Having said that, the following results are only from one test (SunSpider), on one computer (mine), on one operating system (Kubuntu). Results may vary for you, but the point of it is to demonstrate that the browser wars are getting very competitive. On a given day, one build of Chrome may be faster than Firefox, and on another day, the opposite may be true.
Also, instead of having to actually click to go to a new page, you just scroll and the pages are all there. It is actually pretty fast and a lot easier to find the exact image you want. I haven’t had a chance to test it in multiple browsers, but it runs fine in Google’s own Chrome, which is really no indicator. At any rate, it certainly looks cooler.