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Old 10-31-2018, 04:45 AM   #1
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Browser of choice. And my opinion.


Just curious what others might think. I've tried and like firefox, palemoon, and chromium, each for different reasons. In all cases my main concerns are full featured (don't want pages that dont work right), speed, and resources. Midori didn't work on lots of pages and so didn't like it.

Chromium I like cuz I can cast youtube to my tv. If it didn't have that feature I wouldn't use it, cuz although it has most every other feature, I prefer firefox. So I use firefox on my primary laptop. They both have everything else I can think of. If firefox could cast, I probably wouldn't ever use chromium other than as a backup-browser for weird webpages/issues when another browser is useful to try.

However, on my two slow computers, I use palemoon. It uses less total resources (cpu & ram). It's very hard to figure out, cuz chromium for example runs all sorts of processes. This is for the benefit of multicore cpus, which makes sense, except on my slow computers so that's no benefit, just makes it hard to understand. Firefox launches some web-content processes but is a little easier to follow. But palemoon just runs palemoon, and I can easily see how much memory it's using, which was super useful when I only had 512mb; now with 1GB I'm not skirting the bare minimum anymore so don't have to pay constant attention.

So my conclusion is firefox vs chromium is personal preference, although chromium has added benefit of cast. And for single core old cpu, palemoon fastest and least resources of any full-featured browser. But newer computer with multicore cpu, not necessarily so at all since it spreads the processes out.

I know Chrome is also popular, but didn't try it, not sure the plus/minus vs chromium. I tried opera at one point briefly but not for long.

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Old 10-31-2018, 08:24 AM   #2
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Chromium is just the open source version of chrome, before it gets "googlefy'd". I have found chromium to be a good browser as well as you mentioned, it is a bit more resource intensive than firefox though. I am currently using firefox, because I like it. I have tried some of the same browsers as you, with the exception of palemoon. Resources are not a concern for me so I just tend to use what appeals to me functionally and aesthetically.
 
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:34 AM   #3
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I've been using Firefox for a good long time now, but I'm finding that it seizes up a bit too often for my likings just lately, not sure if that's because it started using pulseaudio or not.

Otherwise, I have Chromium on my RPi3s.
 
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:08 PM   #4
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For many years, almost a decade, Opera was my go-to browser, until they fired their long-time CEO and removed much of the configurability which it had up through v. 12. I used Seamonkey for a while because, like Opera, it handled RSS and email as well as browsing, but I drifted away from Seamonkey because their sync seems to be broken (otherwise, I was quite satisfied with it).

Since then, I've primarily used Firefox with occasional ventures into Vivaldi. I've been quite happy with the improvements in Firefox Quantam.

I have no interest in Chrome or Chromium. I use Google stuff when I must (especially since I have an Android phone), but I try to minimize such usage.
 
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:36 AM   #5
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Brave has several interesting advancements but is otherwise based on Chromium, using the Blink rendering engine. The business model is rather interesting and aims to be a compromise between blocking ads and letting sites get money anyway. It is quite fast compared to the others and has some sandboxing, though that might not be supported on older kernels. It's still a bit behind on extensions but probably only because of its newness.
 
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:40 PM   #6
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firefox mostly out of habit after a decade or so. never really had any issues with it so haven't felt any need to switch to anything else. i like that they are dedicated to open source and privacy. of course i am no security expert, so i take the privacy and security claims mostly at face value all in all it just works and i have come to enjoy sync so i don't have to configure each and every browser on each and every computer and separate partition.
 
Old 11-01-2018, 09:15 PM   #7
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Firefox definitely has its advantages, but it's slow. I've run Palemoon on Puppy Linux with decent results.

However my goto browser is Falkon, the Qupzilla replacement. It's one of the fastest I've seen so far. It uses the QT WebEngine which I think is based on Blink.
 
Old 11-01-2018, 09:48 PM   #8
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I like Firefox, Chromium, and Vivaldi. Firefox by far is my favorite. Firefox and Chromium run pretty much identical on my systems, Vivaldi being a moderate amount slower at everything, but Firefox has a better UI IMO.

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Old 11-01-2018, 10:58 PM   #9
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Tried many browers over the years and always went back to using Firefox.
 
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:48 PM   #10
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One of the reasons for my preference for Firefox is that I think the Mozilla Foundation, though it has made some missteps along the way, is generally on the up-and-up.

I think we need to encourage outfits that are mostly on the up-and-up. Too many outfits are mostly on the down-low.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:50 PM   #11
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Have always used Firefox but recently switched to chromium as Firefox has a dark bar in the google search box on first starting - if I switch the bodhi theme to a lighter on I din’t Get the black search box - but still get a pale grey one. Chromium seems a bit faster.
 
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Firefox, on all my "platforms", due, in part, to familiarity but, on the desktop, due to no other browser I have tried (barring firefox respins) which allow cookie whitelisting. Admitedly, it's an odd thing to want but I do like to be able to use sites such as this without logging in, not have any YouTube cookies persist, yet still not have the annoying pop-ups at every new site which Opera had as an alternative.
 
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