Why I Switched Back to Firefox

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.

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Google Chrome to Get KDE File Dialog Support

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.

Ideally, we would have full KDE integration (i.e. Qt-based Chromium), but that will probably never happen. Some time ago, Nokia was working on a Qt Firefox, but that obviously never fully materialized. A better solution would probably be for someone to develop a new browser that uses Chrome’s version of Webkit and its V8 Javascript engine. Adding support for Chrome extensions would be nice too. OK, now I am just getting greedy. To the developers who added the KDialog support: thanks!

Browser Wars, My Own Observations

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.

Browser wars: Firefox vs. Chromium vs. Rekonq vs. Opera

 

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