Dec 26, 2010 (about 2 years ago)
The question was posted on the CrunchBang forums:
I don’t understand why all Debian based distros choose Iceweasel as the browser…
It is a valid question. Iceweasel/Firefox is fantastic software, but when compared to some of the newer WebKit based browsers, it begins to look somewhat stale. This lack of freshness is often compounded on Debian systems where the Iceweasel packages can lag some way behind Mozilla’s official Firefox releases.
Enter Google Chrome. I have been wanting to switch to using Chrome for a while. I have tried it on numerous occasions in the past, but rendering problems and a lack of extensions meant that I did not use it for very long. However, when I did use it, I was super impressed by how quick it started up and by the speed at which it rendered pages.
Last week, I installed Chrome again and I have been using it constantly since. I have not experienced any rendering issues and I have been able to install the extensions I need. At this point in time, I cannot think of any reason why I would want to start using Iceweasel again.
This makes me feel a little sad. I have been using Mozilla’s browsers for many years and even though I know it is illogical, I do feel somewhat emotionally attached to them. I hope Firefox 4 is a huge success and it tempts me back, but meanwhile I will be browsing the web with Google Chrome.
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