Latest version does multi-processing, e10s is finally here (though it might still get disabled by usage of certain add-ons, I remember I had to force it to stay enabled).
On performance, in the past it felt sluggish, but now Firefox is fast and for my usage patterns it uses less memory than Chrome.
And one thing I really love is the Awesome Bar, which is a pain point every single time I open Chrome. I have a lot of websites I need to return to and in Chrome I end up searching on Google far more than I should. I guess that's the biggest difference between Firefox and Chrome, as Mozilla does not feel obligated to shareholders to extract ads clicks from you (although I hope that whatever they do keeps them afloat).
Also, tab management. I installed "Tab Center" from the Test Pilot and it's awesome. The experiment is now over unfortunately and the code itself for Tab Center isn't compatible with WebExtensions, but there's work going on to port it and that highlights that Firefox's WebExtensions will be more flexible than Chrome, if they aren't already.
But in the end I actually care more about trusting my browser and its maker to protect my interests. I actually trust Google more than I trust other companies, but something feels very wrong for a company to have so much leverage on me. Which is why, as long as I have a choice, I'll always prefer Firefox over Chrome, or Safari, or Edge.
Contrast this with Chrome, where the idea behind address bar user experience seems to be maximizing the number of Google searches done.
But the one that really keeps me on Firefox is Vimperator. It's the best keyboard oriented browser UI in mainstream browsers. The extensions available for Chrome are nowhere near as good (last time I tried).
The worst part of Firefox is the terribly long startup time. It can take up to 10 seconds after a reboot and takes quite a long time even with warm caches. Chromium startup is near instantaneous.
If you're the type with a lot of tabs open, that should improve a lot in the next few releases.
I'm not and I don't store/restore tabs on close, so that's not the case here. It's just Firefox + Vimperator + uBlock origin with about:blank as home page.
I'm on Linux/X11 if that matters.
If anyone wants to help with making an alternative, look through that thread. I'm particularly invested in Tridactyl  but other people are working on others.
It's a web browser, not an actual text editor. 99% of the time, you're just wanting familiar keyboard commands for navigation. It feels like Vimperator does so many impractical things almost tongue-in-cheek, just to show how cool it is that they're theoretically possible.
See https://github.com/akhodakivskiy/VimFx/issues/860 :
- You can use the current VimFx for the rest of 2017.
- Then, Vimium is your best bet: philc/vimium#2425
- VimFx is free software, so if somebody feels like converting it to a WebExtension they're totally free to do so! (But you're probably going to spend your time more wisely on Vimium.)
- I hope to create a new add-on with the best parts from VimFx some day.
- Firefox will become a better browser! It’s sad but worth the sacrifice.
The issue is that VimFx is not feasible to convert into a WebExtension.
I haven't used vimium-ff, but it hasn't been updated in 3 months and the comments on mozilla are not encouraging.
I like that there's always more stuff to learn about Vimperator. It's fun. There's a nice thread on GitHub where people are talking about their favourite features:
What happens if you try to completely reset the Firefox profile, and bring back the plugins you want?
I don't care enough to debug it further. Firefox is stable enough these days that restarting it isn't even a daily occurence. I have enough patience to wait that 10+ seconds, it's just a minor annoyance.
Then pray for Tree Style Tabs to be implemented by default in Firefox.
Although I firmly believed that tabs on the side make more sense for any kind of users. Nesting tabs require a bit more practice though and that could be an opt-in option.
As I was searching around, I also came across this:
...which looks to have similar functionality, and is already WE compatible.
Firefox address bar is just more productive in simple things like re-opening frequent/historical sites.
Chrome might or might not suggest it when I start typing "logn...". But if I type "/logn" it's there immediately. They're tokenizing URLs in a stupid way, apparently.
Did you ever use vimium on chrome? It's part of what keeps me on Chrome, I remember I had a quick glance at Vimperator a fair while ago, but switched back to chrome as it was what I was used to. I keep wondering about trying again.
Can you talk about the trade-offs between them?
With ad-blocking especially, I just can't trust Google to be fully supportive. I mean, who are we kidding? It's literally their business model.
I've always watched twitch in Chrome (second browser, other screen, works fine) because firefox used to be bad. It's likely that I will start doing the same with Netflix.
The best browsers for Netflix are IE or Safari. Chrome and Firefox support up to 720p only.
Are multi-processing and e10s separate things?
How do you forcefully enable it? 5/7 of my addins are listed as Legacy so I am still in single process mode, I am dying to try multi-process!
EDIT: See here: https://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/22/multi-process-firefox/
EDIT 2: Doesn't seem to work, for me anyways. It appears to be enabled in about:config but I only see one process running in task manager.
EDIT 3: I lied, it does work, 8 processes running now.
ALSO: Does anyone know if tree-style tabs will be made compatible, or if there is something comparable that is?
Honestly, this kind of statement is nothing but a superstition that you usually hear from people that think that it's impossible to be productive using different approaches.
For me nothings beats Vimium's "T" or Session Buddy + Keepin' Tabs extensions pair.
> Honestly, this kind of statement is nothing but a superstition that you usually hear from people that think that it's impossible to be productive using different approaches.
Maybe, but I'm pretty sure I'm more productive than you. We should compare each other browsing reddit some day.
I'm using fork when eating pasta. Still, my chinese friends tell me that nothing beats sticks and I should just try to use them for longer periods of time.
See what I did here?
Your assumtion is baseless. You don't know for how logh I've been using it, nor do you know about the results (aside from the fact that I don't use it anymore).
>Maybe, but I'm pretty sure I'm more productive than you. We should compare each other browsing reddit some day.
I'm sorry, but "browsing reddit" and "productive" are on opposite sides of scale for me.
You are entitled to your opinion, no matter how childish it may be.
I installed Tab Outliner briefly, and honestly, I couldn't figure out what the heck it was trying to do. Maybe my mental capacity is too limited, but as far as I could tell it didn't get me one iota closer to my goal. What I've settled on, for the times when I need to use Chrome, is an external helper app called Sidewise.
So Tab Outliner needs to do a LOT more to make its operation more discoverable if it wants more users.
/me remembers how fast FF was compared to IE 'back in the days'.
I'm very excited about Quantum CSS and Quantum DOM landing.