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Exactly, being morally superior gets you no where, and being morally inferior doesn't hurt you either. You said yourself that users only care about "how fast a tab loads." Well, if Google ships a browser that's terrible, people will switch to something else. That's why competition still exists! Firefox was in a position to dominate the desktop browser market, but then Chrome came alone and ate their lunch! There's nothing stopping Mozilla from regaining that market share, but they're going to have to ship a better browser!

Let's not forget that Google, unlike Mozilla, is able to tell over a billion users "Download a faster, better browser now"

Yes, that counts, but in the end it's also the performance of the actual browser that counts and keeps people as users.

except chrome was really faster than Firefox when it came out. i think most early adopters will figure out if Google was lying about it being faster.

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