I was reading my Twitter when noticed tweet by OMG! Ubuntu! about this article.
Yes, KDE got official update for Kubuntu 11.04. How much time did it take me to start my System Update after reading these news? Just few seconds!
Yes, there was update for KDE. But that is not the only update which arrived today.
First of all, there was new kernel for Kubuntu: 2.6.38-10.
I am not fan of Firefox, but new version... why not look at it?
First attempt to start Firefox 5 was taken right after update installation. Unfortunately, it failed. I suppose there were too many changes in other software (kernel, KDE) to handle them all.
I rebooted my computer.
Firefox 5 started without any issues this time. First of all, it checked compatibility of installed plugins. Unsurprisingly, nothing was found. I did not install any plugins in Firefox, because I do not use this browser.
Once started, I could measure memory usage for cold-started Firefox 5 and Chrome 12. I closed all additional processes opened by installed Chrome Extensions via Chrome Task Manager for clearness of experiment .
System Monitor shows it very clear. Firefox 5 uses 1.5-2 times less memory than Chrome 12. Even Chrome itself recognises it:
www.ubuntu.com. I did not use stopwatch to catch exact time. But subjectively Firefox 5 won the competition.
And last, I checked my own homepage. I do not use and I do not like Firefox, because it has its own understanding of standard HTML tags. As a result, my own homepage looks awkward in Firefox and some other browsers (Rekonq, Konqueror are in the list). It was true since Firefox came to the scene. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari - all they show page correctly. Here is Chrome picture - how site should look like:
width="620" as parameter. This is valid code, if you trust W3C Validator. And now... Firefox 5 comes to the same page:
UPDATE: this error was fixed, thanks to Enio. Problem was in CSS-styles for the site. See comments below.
Another thing which you can notice on the screenshots is screen real estate which browsers leave for web page. I would say that Chrome uses twice less space for window components (address bar, title, menu, tabs) than Firefox 5. Simply because Chrome does not have window title and menu line at all.
Yes, Firefox 5 is another step forward made by Mozilla team. It now compares with Chrome in speed. But I still reside at Chrome. Because I want to see pages as they were designed by their authors, not like Mozilla wants them to look like. And because I like omnibar. And because I like more real estate. And...