Replacing Firefox with Google Chrome

Dave Morley davmor2 at
Wed Jan 13 17:00:55 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-01-13 at 10:57 -0600, Jim Campbell wrote:
> Hi All,
> I wanted to suggest to the team that we switch from using Firefox to
> Google Chrome as the default web browser for the Lucid release.
> At UDS the Ubuntu Mobile team lead announced that they would be
> switching to Google Chrome as the primary browser for the Lucid
> release for the Ubuntu Netbook edition.  Most all developers at UDS
> were using Chrome, and in informal tests Cody and I found it to use
> much less writeable memory than Firefox.
> For example, the other night, I started two new browser sessions - one
> with Firefox and one with Google's Chrome Beta (not Chromium), and
> opened up four tabs:
>       *
>       * Gmail
>       *
>       * and
> All browser extensions were removed (not just disabled).  Without
> doing any additional surfing, Firefox was using 55 mb of writeable
> memory*, while Chrome was using only 18 mb of writeable memory.  I've
> been using Chrome as my default browser since UDS, and notice no
> performance issues.  It also offers a wide range of browser
> extensions, so it would not represent any major regression in terms of
> features.  Besides, any user who wanted to install Firefox could
> easily do so.
> With regards to the packaging, I'm sure we could tie-in with any final
> packages that the mobile team wound up using (I'm not sure whether
> they intend to use Chrome or Chromium).  Chrome will certainly be
> receiving support throughout the LTS life cycle.
> I know that Charlie had said that switching browsers for an LTS
> wouldn't be a great idea, but given the points I've mentioned above,
> it seems one worth considering.  What do you think?
> Jim
> * I checked this using the system resources app.  As Cody noted to me,
> you need to make sure you're looking at writeable memory rather than
> the default memory usage that gets displayed.

Jim out of curiosity what does epiphany use in comparison?

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