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!
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The article that I was waiting for.How the tables have turned!Reply
Conclusion:Firefox is quite capable in both Linux and Windows.
I'm using Firefox 4 beta and I find it pretty quick.
yes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.Reply
Interesting how FireFox chose to sacrifice speed for memory.Reply
weirdguy99Why not put firefox 4 into the equation?micr0beyes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.When it's final, I'll test it.Reply
DamdamanI'll get berated for this I'm sure but will we see an OSX article on browsers as well?You are kidding,right?Reply
Opera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.Reply
Opera still can't render pages properly, still can't print content properly, and we waste our time with senseless tests of imperceptible speed.Reply
I dont think anyone using firefox will change to another browser even if it is Faster. I love my firefox :)Reply
Wow, Chrome uses more memory than Crysis on my computer. :lol:Reply
arnwebOpera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.Opera Turbo increases page load times on slow connections.On my 2Mbps connection the time in which Opera Turbo connects to its servers is the time in which Google loads in Firefox.Reply