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#196359 28-May-2016 11:15
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I've been a Firefox supporter for years, in spite of its memory leaks and slowdowns when too many tabs are open.

 

And now, after building a totally new PC with a fast CPU and 16GB ram, and STILL getting poor FF performance, I've finally had ENOUGH!

 

But first I'd like some opinions as to which version of Chrome is best. If it's anything like Firefox, not all versions are created equal. And please don't tell me to get the latest version because 'the latest is always the best'. I've heard that too many times from Firefox fanboys.

 

So, which version are you using?





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  #1561135 28-May-2016 11:25
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The latest. Not because it's the best but because it has all the security fixes that you should have for a safer computing environment.





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  #1561155 28-May-2016 12:12
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And there you go...:-)





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  #1561157 28-May-2016 12:16
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Not sure what you mean by this really, Chrome and Firefox both auto update and keep themselves at the latest version which is currently Chrome 50 and Firefox 46. In a week or two they will be Chrome 51 and Firefox 47. You have to work reasonably hard to disable that update functionality. Are you thinking of installing the canary Chrome version to get beta updates?





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  #1561161 28-May-2016 12:23
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 In fact as I was typing this up, I decided to check Chrome and see if it is really at 50. I checked the about page and it asked me to restart, now it is at 51. If I hadn't checked the about page, next time I opened it it would have updated in the background.





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  #1561164 28-May-2016 12:35
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geekIT:

I've been a Firefox supporter for years, in spite of its memory leaks and slowdowns when too many tabs are open.


And now, after building a totally new PC with a fast CPU and 16GB ram, and STILL getting poor FF performance, I've finally had ENOUGH!


But first I'd like some opinions as to which version of Chrome is best. If it's anything like Firefox, not all versions are created equal. And please don't tell me to get the latest version because 'the latest is always the best'. I've heard that too many times from Firefox fanboys.


So, which version are you using?


I'm not sure where to start. Here goes :. )

The reason many/some Firefox users and projects are running earlier FF versions is related to a variety of performance, stability, and UI issues.

Chrome lives in an entirely different context.

By the way if you want a fully open source browser use Chromium not Chrome. There are very few differences. For instance no Lightbox support in Chromium. Btw you can have both no problem.

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  #1561172 28-May-2016 12:58
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I see, obviously I don't have complex requirements for my Firefox install. smile

 

 





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  #1561205 28-May-2016 13:04
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I quite like Chrone 64 bit beta. It gets lots of fixes earlier and isn't bleeding edge in my experience.



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  #1561215 28-May-2016 13:49
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I may have been just a little unfair on Firefox in my previous post. Firefox has an ESR version and other release streams so maybe that is what the firefox fans debate about these days.

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  #1561294 28-May-2016 16:44
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 As I said, my problem with Firefox has always been the way its performance deteriorates when I have a number of open tabs.

 

Let's say I reboot my PC and open a few tabbed webpages. No problem. Then. But over the course of a week or so, during which time I've opened more tabbed pages, Firefox gets slower and slower until finally, I have to shut down Firefox and restart it. I usually reboot the PC when this happens to make sure that all ram (16GB) has been completely freed. Note that I'm not talking about hundreds of tabs - just 20 or 30 maybe. (And obviously, I don't shut down my PC under normal circumstances - it runs continuously unless I'm out of town)

 

So, after the reboot, I restart Firefox and I have it set to reopen any previously opened pages. But now, even with the same number of tabs open, Firefox is nimble again. But only for a while.

 

I've complained about this for years on the Mozilla forums (as have many other users) and the wheezing cries from the ancient resident fanboys are always the same. 'Nothing wrong with Firefox, some other software must be to blame.' Bollocks.

 

Anyway, it's time I tried another browser, and Chrome is the only one left that I haven't trialed. But I'll guarantee that there'll be a version that's preferred by Chrome aficionados, and I'd be surprised if it's the latest.

 

Now, I knew someone would come up with the old saw of 'Always install the latest version, because it's got all the fixes etc etc'.

 

All I'll say is, if 'latest and greatest' versions are that good, why are they always superseded? You might as well say that Vista was better than XP, or that W8 was an improvement over W7.





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  #1561296 28-May-2016 16:47
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have you tried Waterfox, they claim to be the fastest 64 bit browser. I find it better than Firefox.





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  #1561300 28-May-2016 16:50
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Because software is written by humans and there is no perfection on this. It's not science, it's art. Software is flawed by nature (see my previous statement) and fixes are always necessary (more than features).

 

I decided to let your first comment to my reply past but I have to say that you are dismissing something important there, which was the main point of my response: security. I am not too worried about features but I worry about security.

 

 





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  #1561301 28-May-2016 16:51
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Is it actually possible to stop Chrome auto updating if you are connected to the internet?






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  #1561325 28-May-2016 17:33
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Brumfondl: I'll bet somebody, somewhere has come up with a method of preventing Chrome updating. A few months back, several of us FF users were having the same problem with forced updates, because the long-established method had been purposely compromised by Mozilla. But a fix turned up.

 

Mauricio: I'm not going to get into a long debate about computer 'security', All I'll say is, that after 25+ years of building and servicing PC's, and tuning and configuring more than a thousand software installations, I've come to the conclusion that the issue is overrated. For home users, anyway. It might be different in the commercial area. Most of the worst problems I saw were caused by rampant teenagers or bored housewives, neither of whom knew nor cared about where they went online or what they clicked on.





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  #1561328 28-May-2016 17:37
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Regardless of which you pick (FF or Chrome), make sure you install uBlock Origin.

 

It's like Adblock Plus, but it has scruples and better performance than ABP.

 

I feel sad for people that still use ABP.


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  #1561343 28-May-2016 17:51
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If you know it all already, why ask? Google it.


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