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It’s time to give Firefox another chance
« on: October 04, 2017, 06:18 »
It’s time to give Firefox another chance



If you’re like me, you switched your default browser over to Chrome years ago and never looked back. Chances are, before you made the switch, you used Firefox or — God forbid — Internet Explorer. What made Chrome stand out back then was its speed and simplicity, especially at a time when Firefox felt like it was getting slower and heavier with every update. But times have changed. It’s now time to give Firefox another chance.

Earlier this week, Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox, launched the first beta of Firefox 57. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but version 57 is the most important Firefox release in years. It’s the culmination of years of work on many of the moving pieces that the user never sees but that allow the browser to quickly display your Gmail inbox, YouTube video or cat forum. To mark the fact that this is such a major release, Mozilla has dubbed this release “Firefox Quantum.”



It’s no secret that Mozilla squandered a lot of time and energy on various projects that went nowhere (think its mobile phone OS, IoT services, creating a built-in video chat service, etc.). The organization also got caught up in some political turmoil and it took a while for it to recover from all of this. There’s no point in belaboring this. What matters is that Mozilla seems to have found its groove and focus again — and it’s starting to show.

Over the course of the last few years, Mozilla’s engineers were hard at work on a couple of projects that are now finally coming to fruition. Building these took longer than expected (and maybe necessary), but with Quantum, Mozilla now offers a browser that’s worth installing again.



Many of the updates in Quantum come from Mozilla’s experimental Servo browser and engine. Servo was never meant to be released as a standalone project, but was basically the incubation chamber for the future of Firefox. That engine was written in Rust, a programming language Mozilla developed for exactly this kind of use case.

This means that, unlike previous versions, Firefox Quantum can now take full advantage of multiple CPU cores — especially when it comes to its CSS engine, which plays a major role in how fast a web page renders. Ideally, this also means Firefox now uses far less memory (and often this means it’ll actually use less memory than Chrome).

The team also used this release to introduce a new interface. This means that the rounded tabs are gone, for example. The new interface focuses on simplicity and speed. Like previous versions, you can still modify the interface to your heart’s desire, but that interface will now also look good on high-DPI screens and work better on laptops with touchscreens.

Source and more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/29/its-time-to-give-firefox-another-chance/

I've been using the beta myself and goddamn firefox is fast now  :thumbsup:

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Re: It’s time to give Firefox another chance
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 03:35 »
I thought about making the switch back to FF, but then I realized that speed is not the main factor I look at when using Chrome. I like the fact that natively, all my bookmarks and history and passwords are shared over all my devices, no issue.

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Re: It’s time to give Firefox another chance
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 03:42 »
I thought about making the switch back to FF, but then I realized that speed is not the main factor I look at when using Chrome. I like the fact that natively, all my bookmarks and history and passwords are shared over all my devices, no issue.
While it’s not natively, FF syncs everything for me as well, on all devices.