By default, Firefox (FF) for Mac and the Australis UI just feels like an experimental build, not as something that’s ready. It’s not something people would want to use instead of stupid simple Chrome.
Firefox has potential. It’s very fast – compared to Chrome – these days! And it’s the only browser that supports real extensions.
I especially like how tiny its chrome can be. (Screenshots after a few minutes of tinkering last autumn. It’s possible to write a custom style, perhaps, to make it usable).
lock-ups, and a half-dozen tabs that auto-open on launch thanks to the dozens of extensions I've accumulated over the years, and…
Okay. The author writing for laymen interested in technology should know better.
I miss the days when Gizmodo had actually writers that did research.
What do you mean?? Chrome is horrible now - started for me when I joined the yosemite twilight zone. So calling it a bloated memory hog is like looking up and saying 'hey, the sky is blue'.
I'm not sure what causes it to become so slow but a couple weeks ago I too got sick of chrome's sluggish performance and decided to completely uninstall it and and reinstalled it again and now it's working great.
Oh you're lucky!!
I tried that but continue to get the 'chrome helper' parade - plus the loading indicator keeps spinning on some sites and it's just sluggish with a few open tabs. My mom (running yosemite on macbook air 2011) can hardly have a few tabs open without the fans going crazy - and that just didn't happen to her in older version of chrome.
I love chrome, never use safari cause I need my extensions (no they aren't the problem) but lately I feel like the big guys (apple, adobe, google) just don't give a shit about user experience anymore. What once was simple and stunning is now heavy, confusing and cough ugly. I never thought I'd say that!!
I'm not arguing bloat, I'm arguing how he decided to talk about it. His interpretation of multiple processes as a bad thing, when for all we know they were 20 extensions he's using.
I've been running on yosemite and not had any issues. Might be worth trying a fresh install - possibly even reinstalling yosemite if you're having big problems.
Safari is so fast
Chrome's own task manager (Window -> Task Manager) is way more informative for this kind of thing. It will show that this is the author's problem:
thanks to the dozens of extensions I've accumulated over the years...
And it's nobody's fault but his own.
I use them all. So there.
Testing. No browser is alike. Getting to comfortable in one will more than likely leave you looking over something
I'm using chrome on both yosemite and windows 8. I confirm chrome is way slower than safari and Firefox but it's fast on windows. Except, some versions cause massive hard disk usage which slows down not only application but also whole operating system. Search for jumplist icon chrome bug for details
Author acknowledges he has tons of plugins, extensions, and open tabs. admits that he doesn't understand the consequences. blames browser. cool article.
Article feels a bit rushed and ranty, but it does kinda raise a point – having extensions installed – enough that it requires micromanagement to avoid impaired use – seems to be the norm for web browsers these days.
I was always fairly impressed with chrome’s ability to add and remove extensions without needing a restart. Made it seem like it would be easier to manage. Ultimately I found myself adding more shit and being lazy about managing them, though.
Using firefox I tend to pay more attention to the cost installing extensions, since it interrupts my browsing experience, and try to keep my list pretty trim.
It does all require a lot of management though – work that I kinda wish the browser would take care of for me.