now approaches 40 million downloads
You never really know how an upgrade is going to work for you. I mean we all use different extensions and plug-ins that require developers to stay on top of their upgrade game. Outside of plugins and extensions there is the OS. Firefox on Windows is not the same as Firefox on Linux. I don’t mean better or worse I just mean they act differently in situations. So, your experience on Mac or Win7 might not be the same as mine on Ubuntu. Here is what I can say about my Ubuntu based experience…
The speed is a noticeable difference immediately in opening the application. I can’t seem to close enough tabs (even with the very helpful ReaditLater and Tabcloud) to keep my pc happy with Firefox 3. With no hesitation, the newly upgraded version 4 opened all the tabs that version 3 just struggled with.
Page load times in general are much quicker. I’m curious to see the numbers, but I would guess Firefox is now right around the same mark with Chrome in regards to overall speed.Stability
It just feels even more robust now. Ever since the first version of firefox, stability has always been a mainstay. The Memory & Processor Usage
I’ve noticed a minor reduction in overall memory usage. And, I’ve noticed a considerable difference in processor usage. In my experience the processing power needed now in Firefox 4 is much less now than compared to the same number of tabs/windows in Firefox 3. Plugins/Extnensions/Add-ons
These options are all displayed on a tab page now rather than a separate application ‘window’. I guess they are taking a cue from Chromium here; I like it. It has a visual style of Ubuntu software package manager, and you can do simple search and install directly from this one tab. End summary:
I still use Chrome and Firefox (with smart plugins to keep my experience consistent between browsers; dedicated post coming soon!) pretty equally. I like to use Chrome, but in the end more sites/pages load in Firefox. Until Chrome approaches the bar there, Firefox will always have a home on my systems without question.
What are your thoughts on the new Firefox 4? Haven’t tried it? Download it here
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Many people have decided to make the leap to version 4 as the firefox download count