You might have read on my AWG Facebook page that I was growing sick of Firefox… for the record I started using Firefox way back when it first started and they changed their name to Firefox from Phoenix (Copyright thing with the BIOS company) … I think it was Firefox 0.8 or 0.9 – I had other browsers that I used way back then like NeoPlanet, Opera and a some I now forget and are nothing more than dust bunnies in lost corners of the web.
So it’s safe to say I’ve used Firefox for a long, long time and in the early days it was fast, slim and stable – but as the years past Firefox got bigger and bigger and more and more bloated. Well the last incarnation of Firefox I used was 9.01 as there updates became a weekly thing and if you didn’t update it would nag you endlessly about updating. With each passing update it came more and more unstable and I foolishly kept updating thing that they would have fixed whatever it was that was screwed up and maybe I’d have my fast stable Firefox back.
How silly of me to think that, because the more they improved it the worse it got.
So one day after about 20 or so “Firefox is not responding” and freezes and slow type and restarts… because I’m not the fastest typist in the world but it’s pretty damn sad that you can type and the cursor doesn’t move until a minute or so later and then didn’t get everything I typed – I gave up! I said screw it and switched to Google Chrome to see if my fairly new computer was on the fritz or if it was as I suspected… the formally slim and fast Firefox had become slow and bloated.
For the techies… Firefox now sucks up a ton for memory, more than any other browser and runs a butt load of background operation some that require you to reboot your computer if it crashed freezes because they will continue to run and not allow re-opening the program back up. How much bigger is memory usage… as much as 4-6 times the amount of other browsers and that will really bog down your machine to a snails pass.
So now that I’ve been using Google Chrome I haven’t had a freeze one, not a single not responding and even with the addition of extensions it has ran smoothly and easily imported all of my Firefox settings and bookmarks automatically with a single click.
For the record I had very few problems with Firefox on any of my 32-bit XP Pro machines, but it failed endlessly on my Win 7 Pro machines and according to Firefox support threads the developers blamed some extensions - I doubt this as I had disabled nearly all of them except Adblock Pro and the problem persisted… so I concluded that Firefox the formally great slim and fast browser now SUCKS!
By the way in addition to Google Chrome; RockMelt is a good replacement browser and I never thought I hear myself say… even Internet Explorer is far more stable than Firefox is today, because Firefox SUCKS!!