Mozilla intern examines startup speed of Firefox, Chrome

By Matthew
Jun 18, 2010
  1. A Mozilla intern has figured out a way to make Firefox open faster – or at least seem like it's opening faster. In a blog post, interface designer John Wayne Hill explained how Chrome, although only slightly faster than Firefox at starting, feels much quicker. After analyzing videos of the startup process for both applications, Hill found a fundamental difference in the way each launches that makes Chrome feel snappier.

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  2. I have a very low-powered laptop. Since Firefox went to 3.5, I can no longer use it for anything but the most absolutely basic of browsing tasks. Chrome, on the other hand, I can use as a fully-featured browser for embedded media (e.g., YouTube, Hulu, etc.). Until Firefox slims itself back down to something reasonable, it's dead to me.
  3. Same here. I have trashed the entire Firefox for Chrome since chrome 5 was released. I liked firefox in the beginning, unfortunately it has become so much sluggish now. Chrome is the way to go.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    Geeze...what hardware you guys got running? I'm using a netbook and chrome and firefox run the same.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,433   +143

    Good point, if your computer can't handle browsing, you might have a problem.
  6. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 217

    opera>chrome>firefox. /topic
  7. @foreverzero89


    Where do you live, in a cave? Opera better than Firefox? SMH.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    I am unsure there is any significant speed difference between any of these browsers. I ran a personal test to see whether Doogle's claim of having fastest browser was any good .... and frankly I couldn't notice a difference which would compel one to consider changing his/her preference of any specific browser. In fact, in many instances IE still 'feel's bit faster albeit not actually being that faster, same goes for chrome.
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,026   +612

    I won't refute the intern's findings, he may be right, but Chrome feels considerably snappier for many tasks when actually browsing pages and working on multiple tabs. That's what makes a real tangible difference and not millisecond application launch measurements or JS benchmarks that tell us close to nothing.
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 668   +72

    It's the exact opposite for me, when running multiple tabs chrome has a bigger impact on my legacy computers. It goes from fast to slowing my entire computer down. But again, thats on really old computers. I feel no difference on my normal computers.

    As for the "browser wars", as long as they boast and brag about speed instead of innovative feature, firefox will always be king. Anyone that feels like their browsing is slow need to either get off of dial up or buy a new computer. 10 years is enough time to have saved up money for an upgrade.
  11. ask yourselfs, how much do you spend on a car?
    every 3 years a new ride? why not every 2 years a new computer?
  12. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Yeah as long as features and extensions don't count...
  13. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    How about working on security for Firefox instead, its starting to get a lot of holes. I don't give a flying crap at all about it opening in a shorter time span that I most likely won't notice.
  14. After MS, Apple shills we have Google shills.
    Talk about security Firefox is lots better, and while we are at it you know Google has been criminally gathering wifi data during snapping streetview. I am considering dumping Google as my search engine.
  15. Firefox is a bloated, wheezing wreck that can't get out of bed in the morning. So much for that.

    Google is an ad company and Chrome is part of its User Tracking and Behavioral Targeting apparatus. Why would anyone submit to being tracked and targeted by an ad company?

    Opera is small and fast -- it runs on a 10 year-old 666MHz / 64MB machine I found at the dump! Seriously, Opera starts in seconds on that box and is usable on sites like Youtube and Facebook -- Chrome and Firefox? Well, they behaved like a pair of lurching, brain-hungry zombies and in the end I enjoyed killing them.

    Ok, so I have a modern machine and I don't need to choose a light, fast browser; but y'know, given the options, I think I will.
  16. You're a gimp...
  17. Me too switched from Firefox to Chrome and i'm a Firefox add-on developer and i see many users asking to make my add-on for Chrome too but Chrome don't has the necessary APIs to make it possible to do it. So users has to wait until Chrome will have more advanced extension capabilities :(.
  18. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 121   +8

    I'm mainly using Chrome and sometimes IE8. Firefox worked well in the beginning. But after sometime it seemed that sometimes it used alot of my proccesor recources without me doin anything at that time and lagged alot
  19. Buy a new computer if you can tell the difference in browser speeds. It means your computer sucks.
  20. Interesting observation.Though I have Chrome and Opera,I still use Firefox 90% of the times since its more versatile and more customizable.Chrome seems a bit naked(literally) and I find Opera even more bloated than Firefox-It uses over 100 MB memory with Google opened on my PC.Frankly I don't give a damn if one browser opens a page 1- 2 seconds faster than another.
  21. W? "its dead to me" .. Firfox gives me no respect either, Now it sleeps with the Fiches.
  22. I wish they would a study on how many times their browser has to be uninstalled then reinstalled running neck to neck on my PC, funny I never had any problems with IE
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