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News Mozilla launches speedy Firefox Quantum beta

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 27 Sep 2017.

  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees Nebuchadnezzar's fixit man.

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    I'm a die-hard Opera fan (since Opera 7.5) but, I think I should give this one a try.
     
  3. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    This may make me move back from Chrom(e/ium) to Firefox. How easy is it to sync Google bookmarks and history with your Firefox sync account? Is it easy to tie the two together?
     
  4. perplekks45

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    I've grown more and more irritated with Chrome, both on PC and mobile, in recent months. Memory usage, or rather hogging, and especially on mobile degrading performance have begun to turn me away. Yet I never liked the mobile variant of Firefox, so I stuck with Chrome on both platforms to have access to that ease of use feature of synchronized tabs across platforms.

    If Mozilla deliver performance on both platforms with this release I guess it's time to move back to Firefox.
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    You are me. Just installing Firefox Quantum on my phone and desktop now, to see if it'll finally drag me back.
     
  6. bawjaws

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    Agree with this, but I'd add that I moved from Firefox to Chrome in the first place because I was sick to death of FF's memory hogging and memory leak problem. That was a while back, to be fair.
     
  7. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Made the leap, and it certainly *feels* snappier. It'll take a bit of getting used to, mind, but so far so good.
     
  8. bawjaws

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    I also dumped Firefox when they started making horrible, annoying and unnecessary changes to the UI every five minutes. How's the UI in the new one?
     
  9. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Not a million miles away from Chrome, if you merge the address and search bars, but a bit... chunkier.
     
  10. perplekks45

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    Yes.

    Will try it out tonight or more likely Friday when I find the time. @Gareth Halfacree you sound like the switch might be worth it...
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Pros:
    • It's blinkin' fast.
    • The multithreading shizzle really works: just loaded one of the image-heavy threads 'ere and sure enough Firefox started loading all four cores - and scrolling remained responsive even as it was loading the images.
    • It shows you the size of an image when you load one in a tab! Sounds daft, but I missed that switching to Chrome: it means if I'm thinking "how big do I need to make this image again" I can just find an existing example, right-click-Open-in-New-Tab, and there's the answer.
    • Built-in Pocket support, no extension required.
    • Built-in 'Reader' mode which strips out extraneous crud, reformats the text, and shoves it on a black background (or white, or sepia - your choice).
    • "Send tab to device"
    • Awesome screenshotting stuff: lets you take a screenshot of an entire page without scrolling just by right-clicking and choosing 'Take screenshot.' That's going to come in handy!
    Cons:
    • The mobile version doesn't seem to like Tampermonkey.
    • The HTTPS Everywhere extension doesn't work yet.
    • The toolbars are bigger than Chrome's, which eats a few pixels of vertical screen space.
    • ...that's about it.
    If you're running Chrome now, I can't see a reason not to switch. Impressive stuff, considering I left Firefox for Chrome in the first place all those moons ago!
     
  12. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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  13. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Benchies:
    Sunspider Firefox: 364.5ms +/- 22.3%
    Sunspider Chrome: 349.7ms +/- 1.3%

    Peacekeeper Firefox: 3767, HTML5 Capabilities 7/7
    Peacekeeper Chrome: 3081, HTML5 Capabilities 7/7

    JetStream Firefox: 89.579 +/- 10.527
    JetStream Chrome : 100.12 +/- 1.7245

    In short: general performance is above Chrome, but JavaScript performance still lags behind.
    Aye, that works - ta!
     
  14. Ramble

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    It's worth noting that the last few versions of firefox have been slowly introducing features to fix old problems, the way firefox now handles large amount of tabs is superior to chrome. The current versions are pretty damn fast and easily keep up with any other modern browser. Version 57 is where it all comes together, I can't think of any reason people would want to use chrome unless you like google spying on you.

    Anyone running ubuntu should disable the ubuntu-specific firefox extension for recent versions, it disables some of the new multithreading for whatever reason.
     
  15. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    I'll give this a try but I was getting annoyed with all the UI changes they were making to the Desktop version of FF. In fact I was starting to think of it as FFS every time I used it.

    For Android I'm using Samsung Internet Beta. Now it can sync Chrome bookmarks it's big improvement on previous versions.
     
  16. Gareth Halfacree

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    It's disabled for me by default, as it's a 'legacy' extension.

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  17. Ice Tea

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    Customize firefox Option , Down the bottom next to themes is the density setting.
     
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  18. Gareth Halfacree

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    Ooh, I didn't know that was there. Much better, ta!
     
  19. goldstar0011

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    Despite most extensions not being compatible I like this loads!
    Thank you Mozilla
     
  20. bawjaws

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    I'll be honest, I don't actually mind Chrome too much, but then again I'm not one of these people who seem to have two hundred tabs open simultaneously :D Tempted to give FF a whirl though based on the feedback here. How is it on Android? I hated the Android version of FF, so that could be a dealbreaker for me.
     
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