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The Browser War: Firefox vs. Chrome

Time and again, you’ve probably heard people talking about Google’s quest for world domination, with the release of Android, which is giving Apple’s iPhone a run for its money, and other successful ventures through their open source projects.  Now that the Google Chrome is out, it is quickly becoming more popular than others.  Pitted against the Mozilla Firefox, you might wonder which of these two browsers would probably take over the lion’s share among Linux users.

The truth is that there’s no such thing as the perfect browser, but compared to other players in the web search market, Chrome is quickly becoming the place to be for your browsing needs.  Though it hasn’t won the browser war yet, it shows a lot of promise with its quick response time and easy installation.  Give it a few more years, and experts say that it might lead the pack or at least raise the standards for many of its counterparts, including Mozilla Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox users consider its add-ons or extensions as the best features of this browser.  While this is probably true in most cases, the problem with Firefox is that if you come across a site with a new web feature not supported by the browser, the add-ons might affect the others extensions, especially during installation.  Some also find it more practical if the extensions would be integrated into the system as default so there won’t be trouble with frequently downloading or installing extensions for PDF, Flash, and other applications.  This would surely raise the level of web experience you can have with Firefox.

Other common problems include having to restart the browser when updating and later figuring out the the update on the extension actually broke the browser.  During startup, the browser may inform you of several updates for the extensions, but in some instances, you might found none at all.  The process itself can take you a whole lot of time gaining access to web information.

Aside from extension problems, Firefox is also slower than others.  It takes a while for you to open or gain access to the browser and start your search.  You go on clicking the icon, thinking that it’s not working.  The launch can be time-consuming, especially on older systems.  You might also encounter some troubles with installation when using some systems.

Google Chrome

Compared to other browsers, Chrome offers a rich web experience.  It’s easier to use and is known to be very responsive.  Another advantage of Google Chrome is that it works well with many open source projects and integrates many of Google’s top offerings.  Installation is also a breeze most of the time.  It doesn’t present the same problems some browsers have with updates and extensions.  It also works better than others on most systems.

Despite some issues users may have against Mozilla Firefox, it cannot be denied that it works well on Windows, even better than IE and other browsers.  With millions of downloads, Mozilla Firefox hasn’t lost the browser war yet, but has to catch up if they want to keep their hold in the market.

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