Chrome or Firefox--Which Is Better for Linux Users?: Page 2

Which browser is better for desktop Linux users?
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Chrome vs. Firefox Add-ons

In terms of add-on availability, I would say it's an easy tie. Personally, I've yet to need one extension and not find it available across both browsers.

Add-on "discoverability" is also on equal footing between Chrome and Firefox, thanks to Firefox's add-on manager and the Chrome Web Store. Where the lines blur a bit, is that Chrome enjoys the added benefit of Web applications.

For example, Chrome has a Web shortcut "app" for Dropbox. In reality, this is simply a webpage shortcut. But Chrome considers it a web application. A second example would be AudioSauna. Once installed, both of these Web applications simply open up in a new Chrome tab. Firefox however, lacks this functionality. Some might be tempted to point out that this isn't a real loss, since the Chrome example is simply a link to a website running the Web application. But it's the convenience Chrome has provided in accessing Web applications that has many Chrome users won over.

One last consideration with regard to add-ons when it comes down between Chrome vs Firefox is the updates for each browser. With Firefox, some add-ons aren't updated in time before a new version of Firefox is release. Based on my past experiences, this renders "un-updated" add-ons incompatible. By contrast, Chrome doesn't have this problem and any Chrome add-on will work regardless of any Chrome update.

Add-ons to Smooth the Process of Browser Swapping

After examing the Chrome vs. Firefox browser comparisons above, you might find yourself in a position where switching over from one browser to another might make sense. It's happened to me personally, a few times, so allow me to share some of the add-ons I've used to make the change as easy as possible.

  • Adblock Plus – Because no matter which browser you prefer, being able to control over-zealous advertisements is a must have feature for any web browser. Adblock Plus is available for both Chrome and Firefox.
  • EverSync – Exporting and then importing bookmarks can be a real pain when changing browsers. With EverSync, the process of managing bookmarks becomes seamless, no matter which browser you use. And since you're not storing anything sensitive like passwords in the cloud, security isn't really a concern here.
  • LastPass – One of the best password managers available for your web browser today, LastPass will locally store your secured passwords on your computer and even sync them securely between Chrome and Firefox.

Final Thoughts

One of the things I love about using Linux on the desktop is the amazing software choices we have available. This includes popular Web browsers found on the other operating systems as well. If you are trying to determine which browser is actually the "best" between Chrome and Firefox, then I recommend using the following basic formula.

If you have a reasonably new computer with ample resources, both Chrome and Firefox are good choices. However, if you're running with limited resources, I would suggest Firefox over Chrome.

And lastly, if you rely heavily on your Chrome extensions, but are considering switching back to Firefox, double-check to make sure your legacy extensions are going to be supported, as Firefox upgrades may not play nicely with their compatibility.

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