Alright folks. Today we have a special treat for you. The last two Web Browser Grand Prix stories received tons of reader-based feedback. But the comments in the first article resounded one question more loudly than the others: what about browser performance in Linux?
Ah, that's a good one.
Hot on the heels of Web Browser Grand Prix 2, we bring you The Linux Circuit. Using the exact same test system that we employed last time, we installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and the three major cross-platform Web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. Not only will be be declaring a winning Linux-based browser, but we'll also be comparing the results to those generated under Windows 7. Because the top three performers in Windows 7 happen to be Opera, Chrome, and Firefox, we can declare a winner that spans both platforms as well.
Less than a week later, hindsight shows the decision to disqualify Opera as the right call. We have since contacted the three parties involved: Mozilla (author of the Dromaeo benchmarks), Opera, and Google. Below is an excerpt from a statement made by Mozilla's vice president of engineering, Mike Shaver:
With this brouhaha behind us, and without further delay, let the benchmarking begin!
Conclusion:Firefox is quite capable in both Linux and Windows.
I'm using Firefox 4 beta and I find it pretty quick.