Chromium vs Firefox?

John Moser john.r.moser at
Sun May 1 15:00:27 UTC 2011

This has not been my experience.  Flash seems to crash a lot in 
chromium, but it doesn't take it down.  I've had Chromium blow out 
completely once, and once I've had every single page in it turn to "Sad 
Browser."  But that was around Chromium 5.

Firefox has been doing better, but it only seems to handle a Flash crash 
once or twice:  after the first crash, if you reload a page with Flash, 
Flash will likely crash AGAIN very quickly and tear down the whole 
browser.  Firefox also tends to go down if you have too much crap going 
on, i.e. if you load a page that runs excessive scripts or brings in too 
many GIF images.  The whole UI will lag (Firefox 4 too), and often crash 
if it comes under too much load doing too many things (race 
conditions?).  I've never seen Firefox actually free memory by closing a 

Chromium has been a lot faster and a lot more stable for me.  I use 
Firefox 4 at work and Chromium at home, and I'm constantly restarting 
Firefox after it crashes.  I switched to Firefox 3 for a time, it's more 
stable but still crashes--a lot less than 4, but 2-3 times a week.  
Also, when one tab in Chromium is lagged down to the point of complete 
and total browser crawl, you can still switch to other tabs and use them 
like nothing is happening.

So eh.  What's "unstable"?

On 05/01/2011 10:54 AM, Alexandre Strube wrote:
> Define "more advanced".
> It is also less stable.
> On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 4:36 PM, John Moser <john.r.moser at 
> <mailto:john.r.moser at>> wrote:
>     Has anyone yet brought up the potential to ship Chromium default
>     rather than Firefox?  At this point it's more advanced methinks,
>     with the only likely complaint being that you can't add NoScript
>     or AdBlock+.  Ubuntu doesn't ship these default anyway; if you
>     want those things, you can get Firefox yourself, as you likely
>     already know what you're doing.
>     For the privacy discussion, see SRWare Iron as a potential source
>     of ideas for changes to back-merge (or options to add).
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