Replacing Firefox with Google Chrome

Pasi Lallinaho open at
Wed Jan 13 17:02:30 UTC 2010

Dave Morley wrote:
> 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?
Or midori.

Pasi Lallinaho
Xubuntu Marketing Lead
Web-designer, graphic artist
IRC: knome @ freenode

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