Google Chrome

puduhead

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Anyone using it? I am trying it out:

It runs a lot faster on my machine than firefox. (Probably not an issue for people with state of the art PCs).

I like how concise the menu bar is. Less cluttered than IE/Firefox - more viewable web area.

I like the way tabs are implemented. Rather than showing inside the web browser view area, they display as part of the top menu bar.

Another nice feature, when you open a new tab it shows thumbnails of the recent sites visited making it more convenient to return to a recently used site than the drop down list.

Looks clean. Runs fast. No noticeable incompatibility so far. Ported over my bookmarks automatically.
 
Yeah, I tried Chrome myself. I immediately found three killer problems, any one of which would prevent me from using it as my main browser.

The position of the tab bar is the first. Many other people like this, but I hated the idea as soon as I saw it. I keep my browser maximized all of the time (I like the space) and I have a hidden panel at the top of my screen (centred, about 80% of the screen width). You can see where this is going, I certainly did. I reach for a tab, which is about five pixels from the top edge of the screen, and accidentally float the panel. Again. I need to be able to move the tab bar down.

The buttons to control the page, browser, and bookmarks is just stupid (at least on the Linux version). Why the hell are they to the right of everything else? This means the sub menus pop out to the left of the main menu, unlike every other application I have ever used in 14 years of computing. This is not a Mac, we do not do things different just for shits and giggles, I need to be able to move all of those buttons to be on to the left of everything else.

Also, I just noticed that Chrome's tab bar has a 'Close Tabs to the Right' option, which is nice (few others do this). But no 'Close Tabs to the Left'? What? How does that make sense? I have Close Right Tabs and Close Left Tabs in Firefox (thanks to Tab Mix Plus) and made presence of these a condition of switching to another browser. Really, Google came close on this one, but what happened? They have no concept of tabs being to the left of the current one?

It's good, but not there yet. Lack of UI customization seems the biggest hindrance to me, Google's defaults absolutely do not work for me.
 
I'd use Chrome, but I can't live without some of my extensions, and Chrome uses webkit, which is tainted by Apple faggotry....
 
Lack of UI customization seems the biggest hindrance to me, Google's defaults absolutely do not work for me.

Same here. I'm only putting up with it for now until I format next weekend as my system is rather slow and mozilla is killing me with load times. I was very shocked that a go-getter like google wouldn't have allowed for a customizable interface.

I'd use Chrome, but I can't live without some of my extensions, and Chrome uses webkit, which is tainted by Apple faggotry....

If I didn't think it'd get me fired I'd put quotes like this on a t-shirt and wear it to my tech job, lol.

One main thing I cannot go without anymore, is an add on called "invert colours" for Firefox. Most web pages I find have an annoying habit of blasting me with bright-white backgrounds. I stay up pretty late most of the time, and my eyes are damn sensitive to brightness, so this add-on makes most webpages have a jet-black background, with white text. Awesome.

Overall , I still am far more comfortable using Firefox, but the speed of chrome is the only tempting thing. Chrome is okay, but I'll be hoping for an update that addresses issues mentioned here before I make it my new default.
 
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I use Chrome for web development testing but that's really about it. I've tried to use it as my primary browser but the inability to customize the toolbar layout as well as the lack of some common plugins I use keep me coming back to Firefox. As of late though, I have noticed stability issues becoming more commonplace in Firefox and if that trend continues, that could be one thing that would push me over to Chrome.
 
Hm, maybe I should give it a go once I get my PSU back. I'll also install that 'invert colors' extension, that sounds like something I'd use.
 
once you go "black"(background) you never go back! hehe

*edit* to prove how awesome invert colours is, i love the black background on this forum, but whenever i roll over to RHDN I get nuked with eye-gasms :'(

Invert has made even the perkiest websites tolerable to me.
 
I stuck with Firefox. I tried Chrome out for a week or so and it feel spiffy when it was a beta, but I've grown too fond of Firefox's quirks.
Oh, and I'm trying to prevent Google from becoming anymore of a monopoly.
 
Since I am using an outdated PC, GC is the right web browser for me.

It lacks the GUI that of Opera and the extensions system(obviously more things)that's in FF, though. But that's the price you pay for better performance.
 
Due to my absolute disgust with Mozilla these days, I'd really like to use Chrome but it's lacking the one feature that's forcing me to stick to Firefox right now. When I start to type in an address and the matching URLs drop down, if the one I want isn't the first one, I use the tab key to scroll down the list. Unfortunately, this only works in Firefox and Internet Explorer (and K-Meleon but that's not really a viable option.) It doesn't work in Chrome, Opera or Safari and it's pretty much a deal breaker for me.

I'm really hoping Internet Explorer 9 lives up to all of the hype so I can just drop Mozilla completely.
 
Due to my absolute disgust with Mozilla these days, I'd really like to use Chrome but it's lacking the one feature that's forcing me to stick to Firefox right now. When I start to type in an address and the matching URLs drop down, if the one I want isn't the first one, I use the tab key to scroll down the list. Unfortunately, this only works in Firefox and Internet Explorer (and K-Meleon but that's not really a viable option.) It doesn't work in Chrome, Opera or Safari and it's pretty much a deal breaker for me.

Send a feature request for that then.

Also, what the bloody hell is wrong with Mozilla? At least it doesn't use apple tainted webkit.
 
Send a feature request for that then.

Also, what the bloody hell is wrong with Mozilla? At least it doesn't use apple tainted webkit.


Mozilla is showing more and more complete disregard for the users. The final straw for me was when they decided that Thunderbird users shouldn't be allowed to choose whether they want to use POP3 or IMAP. If IMAP is available on your server, you're forced to use it and can't change it. So if you move your domain to another host who doesn't offer IMAP, you're just fucked because it's impossible to change the account over to POP3. You have to create a new account. I solved that problem by doing away with Thunderbird and switching to Google Apps.

The other thing that I don't like about Chrome is that you can only disable images via command line. I make copious use of the ImgLikeOpera extension for Firefox which allows you to toggle between No Images, Cached Images, Local Images Only and All Images with the click of an icon. (Obviously, Opera has this built in, hence the name of the extension.) Maybe someone has created an addon for Chrome, I haven't checked in awhile, but it's a retarded design choice by Google. There are valid reasons for surfing with images disabled other than being stuck on dialup.
 
Mozilla is showing more and more complete disregard for the users. The final straw for me was when they decided that Thunderbird users shouldn't be allowed to choose whether they want to use POP3 or IMAP. If IMAP is available on your server, you're forced to use it and can't change it. So if you move your domain to another host who doesn't offer IMAP, you're just fucked because it's impossible to change the account over to POP3. You have to create a new account. I solved that problem by doing away with Thunderbird and switching to Google Apps.
Huh. I never even noticed that. I switched both of my accounts from using POP3 to IMAP a while back and the switch from Thunderbird 2 to Thunderbird 3 simply ended up removing the option to go back. Not that I want to.
 
Huh. I never even noticed that. I switched both of my accounts from using POP3 to IMAP a while back and the switch from Thunderbird 2 to Thunderbird 3 simply ended up removing the option to go back. Not that I want to.

Not had trouble with Thunderbird 5 :bigthumbup:
 
Now i'm also using the latest Chrome w/ABP on a spare-PC I built using Ubuntu 11.04 (Unity disabled) and results are considerably faster than Firefox.

spec AMD 3200+ 2GB DDR3 GeForce 6600GT
 
I was looking at Chrome recently (it does seem rather improved now) but then Firefox 5 came out and I found it suddenly seemed a hell of a lot faster than Firefox 4, so I'm sticking with Firefox.
 
I'm too lazy to set up stuff to use multiple profiles, so I run my "normal" stuff in Firefox 5 and my "professional" stuff in Chrome. They suck about equally, in my opinion.
 
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