Posted Feb 16, 2012 4:31 UTC (Thu) by Zizzle (guest, #67739)
Parent article: Tracking users
I've stuck with FF during the last few years, despite some faults.
They fact that they are having this conversation demonstrates why.
I bet no such consideration of user privacy would happen at Google/Chrome. And even if it did, some manager would make the final decision and the bottom line would always win.
Mozilla cares about it's mission more than the bottom line. And the mission is an open web for the benefit of us all.
Having said that I think they dropped the ball by letting their interactive performance suffer.
It's only in the last 6 months that MemShrink has come about and made great strides. Project Snappy is only just starting up. They pinned their hopes on project electrolysis for far too long avoiding fixing the glaring problems.
It's not been hard (until recently) to get FF to the point where it needs a restart daily to be usable. Or to get lags in the main UI thread/chrome.
What's the point of a fast JS engine if the singled threaded UI is laggy (waiting on I/O or locks)? Benchmarks eh.
They wasted time on fluff like Panorama and Personas while the crowd was flocking to Chrome for the basics.
The reputation for being slow and bloated will be hard to shake.