Chromium vs Firefox?
john.r.moser at gmail.com
Sun May 1 15:44:56 UTC 2011
On 05/01/2011 11:28 AM, Remco wrote:
> On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 16:36, John Moser<john.r.moser at gmail.com> 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).
> "More advanced" is not very persuasive. What are the actual pros and
> cons of Firefox and Chromium? Firefox is twice as popular as Chrome,
Irrelevant. Firefox is twice as popular as Chrome because it's shipped
by default in Linux distributions. Internet Explorer is much more
popular than either.
I feel Firefox (read: everyone) has been playing catch-up to Chromium
lately (like IE was playing catch-up to Firefox an age ago), so there
are probably fewer pros and cons than I'd like in a well-constructed
argument. There are a lot of irrelevant "firsts," like "Firefox stole
Chrome's UI for Firefox 4" (no menus), "Firefox got the idea to run
plug-ins and tabs in separate processes from Chrome," etc. Of course,
Firefox did the Awesome Bar first, so it goes both ways. I still like
Chromium's New Tab default page better than Firefox's (i.e. a blank
page), and have been waiting for Firefox to copy that.
This is only of relevance if you care about the argument that Chromium
was built as-is from the ground up, whereas Firefox has gone through
multiple iterations of refactoring of basic program architecture--like
OpenOffice.org. Of course, the argument that the Mozilla codebase is
and always has been a mess and has been handed through 3 companies and
multiple programming teams and has had many, many architectural changes
in place is an ad-hominem fallacy; if you want a real argument in that
direction, you'll have to do a complete code analysis looking for
> and a lot of time was invested in integrating Firefox into Ubuntu.
... what? Integrating ... what? I saw the stuff where it can
automagically call Synaptic, but I assume most of that code is rather
modular and plugged into a Firefox extension. Popping it into a
Chromium extension should be trivial, in theory; actually writing the
extension (i.e. glue code between all that stuff and Chromium itself)
would be the only intensive work, which admittedly could be a fair
amount of work.
Of course, i tend to assume programs are [Business logic]<->[User
Interface], and rarely consider integrating any business logic into the
user interface. People seem to like to emit things and allow them to be
strung into lists in the UI side, though... (especially of note is
people who use List UI elements as linked lists, rather than populating
them from a linked list generated by business logic code).
> There need to be compelling reasons for a switch. That said, I think
> they are going to discuss this topic during the Ubuntu Developer
> Summit. In-person discussions work very well for these kinds of
This is all very true.
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