Why I use Google Chrome more and more on Ubuntu 10.04?

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 and have both Google Chrome (v 5.0.375.38 beta) and Firefox (v 3.6.3) installed.  Although Firefox is still setup as my default browser, I find myself using Chrome more and more and it is mainly for the following reasons:

  • Chrome starts up much, much faster than Firefox.  I have almost the same amount of extensions of similar type in each browser.
  • After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 from Ubuntu 9.10, Flash stopped working in Firefox.  Have no problems with Flash in Chrome.  I have tried everything suggested to fix the Flash problem in Firefox but none seem to work.
  • Like the idea that I can install extensions in Chrome without restarting Chrome.
  • I sometime use standalone web-apps (Google Reader) and tried both using Prism and Chrome standalone and I just like the Chrome standalone better.
  • Overall Chrome just feel much more faster and snappy.
  • By default Chrome gives me more real estate – yes i know I can get some minimalist theme for Firefox.

There are a couple of IBM work extensions that I use that is only available in Firefox so will have to carry on using Firefox until they bring out Chrome versions.  This might be one of the reasons why Firefox loads so much slower, but I cannot think this couple of extensions can have so much influence on Firefox’s loading time.

In the long run, if this trend continue, I cannot see myself using Firefox that much anymore.  With each new version of Chrome it just gets better and better.  I can fully understand why Chrome is being considered as default for Ubuntu Maverick Netbook Edition.

2 Responses to “Why I use Google Chrome more and more on Ubuntu 10.04?”

  1. Todd Lohenry says:

    Agreed. I like the ability to create standalone app shortcuts that go right into the menu from my Chrome tabs. Then I activate those shortcuts with GnomeDo…

  2. Todd Lohenry says:

    btw, make sure you’re using Shareaholic for Chrome!

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