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A majority of users of the websites i admin are now using Google Chrome browser (as of december 2014). I am still very uncomfortable using Chrome, mostly for privacy (which is security) reasons.

Here are my reasons not to use Chrome (and why i use Firefox).

  1. Privacy and security Google ties everything together. Google knows everything about you that is on the web — and these days we do a lot of private stuff on the web.
    Firefox — well, here are Mozilla's privacy principles.
    Yes Google says nice things too. But so far their actions have not matched their words, plus there's a lot of weasel-words goin on. More about that is here.
  2. Plugins Chrome has a lot of the same plugins as Firefox, but i find Firefox plugins a lot more useful. I couldn't work without Firebug, Web Developer, and User Agent Switcher. And then there's Font Info, cookie management, ColorZilla, ... well here's my collections.
  3. Bloat Firefox has gotten faster; Chrome is bloating up.
  4. Ethics Here are three of Mozilla's core principles:
    • 2. The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
    • 4. Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.
    • 7. Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.
    Yes, anybody can be bought. But so far i trust Mozilla's ethics a heckalot more than Google. Heck i trust almost anybody's ethics more than Google.

Turns out i am not the only one! Here's a useful bit of an email from a pretty skilled and up-to-the-minute web developer. And he's not an old stick-in-the-mud geezer like me.

The main reasons that lead to me stopping use of Chrome were:

  1. Privacy: Too much Google stuff. I wanted to use less of the Google stuff. Right now, I only use GMail.
  2. Bloat: Chrome started as light and faster alternative. But now, it takes more time to do anything than Firefox. Firefox has gotten slimmer and faster. FF is making serious improvements and almost never crashes for me. (Flash can be an issue at times)
  3. Tab Management: I have loads of tabs open and with Chrome, it turns into a nightmare to manage them. Firefox has a very less known feauture called Panorama. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/tab-groups-organize-tabs This does tab management much better than any Chrome addon can imagine to do.
  4. Cutomizability: Chrome extensions can almost do a lot of stuff but due to them being limited to JS, they can be a bit slow at times. When I started using internet, I started with Opera which had in built mouse gestures. I can get mouse gestures on Chrome but they feel a bit stuttery.
  5. Smooth Scrolling and Font Rendering: Now this is one thing that won't matter much for a lot of people but I am a bit of design nazi. With Chrome, mouse scrolling isn't very good. And my biggest gripe, fonts! Chrome has worked on improving this but fonts are terrible on Windows. Go to nytimes in Chrome and FF and there is a significant difference. I spend quite a bit of time reading and can't ignore fonts.

~ Ishan Sharma