I have been using Firefox for long time. Recently i had switched to chrome to find that its much faster than Firefox, but addons like greasemonkey, adblock plus, tweeterfox etc. keeps me wanting to use Firefox. Now I am confused between which of the two to use.

Can someone provide some advice on how to be as productive in Chrome as when using FireFox?

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    What is the question?
    – random
    Aug 19 '09 at 6:51
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    the question is how to make chrome more productive so that it can be used as the alternative to firefox. Aug 19 '09 at 6:58
  • s/tweeterfox/TwitterFox/ — thanks, don't have enough rep. to edit it myself.
    – derobert
    Aug 23 '09 at 7:07

The developer version of Chrome can ease most of your pain, as it can have add-ons. Google is working on an API currently to make this easier for developers much like Mozilla has done with Firefox. Most of the high demand add-ons have been pretty much duplicated and you can find them at MyChromeAddons.

  • GreaseMetal is basically GreaseMonkey for Chrome
  • This is a good temporary fix for AdBlockPlus
  • There is also a Twitter add-on someone made for Chrome.

Although I'm still currently in the same boat as you, Firefox 3.7a1pre nightly build.

  • thnx. It was pretty useful. Aug 19 '09 at 6:22
  • updated with all the add-ons you're after.
    – John T
    Aug 19 '09 at 6:25
  • wonderful work john. also found out following post. though i haven't tried yet, it seems useful. blogote.com/2008/featured-article/… Aug 19 '09 at 6:37
  • +1 We're all in the boat waiting for Chrome to take off...
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 19 '09 at 6:40
  • @ john T. after reading comments for greasemetal , i am rather worried whether to install it or not. but i might give it a try. let's see what happens. Aug 19 '09 at 6:48

I've tried using Chrome and it felt as if I'm missing my right arm, without the addons I got used to as well as bookmark and password sync (weave/XMarks).

Unfortunatly my Firefox has stopped working on my machine and I'm forced to use Chrome (IE is not an option).

If I had a working FireFox I would not leave it at least not until Chrome gets better add-in support.

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    stopped working? Did you delete your profile and did a clean install?
    – Zaagmans
    Aug 20 '09 at 9:46

Wait -- if there are extensions you can't live without and that have no javascript alternative.

Chrome isn't released for Linux yet (although there is a developer preview, this only works on Debian/Ubuntu-based distros -- it definitely doesn't work on the RedHat-based distros for 64-bit machines yet).

Chrome is only just getting going with add-ons and such, so if there are add-ons/extensions that you can't live without (other than adblock plus which can be replaced with a Privoxy proxy, or using one of the many javascript greasemonkey-ish scripts which can also be enabled in Chrome.

Personally, I find that general browsing is so much faster in Chrome that I use it and put up with the lack of extensions, and use Firefox for just the very few things I really need it for (debugging web apps with Firebug being one).


I seriously doubt Chrome's ability to be an alternative to Firefox. The community support that we have for firefox ain't that easy to achieve. By the way Chrome hasn't yet even released a version for linux. Are developers supposed to work on Windows?? God save us then..

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    Chrome for Linux is under active development, you may also be interested in this screenshot: marcelgagne.com/images/scaps/chromium_screenshot.png
    – John T
    Aug 19 '09 at 6:28
  • Also check out Crossover Chromium: codeweavers.com/services/ports/chromium
    – John T
    Aug 19 '09 at 6:29
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    @ Arkid may be its true. But i think google is just being professional by answering the demand first. As you may agree that windows has much larger share compared to other open source operating systems. Aug 19 '09 at 7:23
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    It's called common sense. Windows has a gigantic market share, any smart business would target it first and foremost.
    – John T
    Aug 19 '09 at 16:12
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    I'm browsing this site in Chrome on Linux right now!
    – Tom
    Aug 20 '09 at 12:41

Chrome isn't so much a browser as it is a proof of concept project. They are pushing a radically different architecture and vastly improved scripting performance that they want all browsers to adopt. Google is convinced this will enable new generations of increasingly larger and more complex applications existing totally in the cloud. And anything that moves more activity to the web puts money in Google's pocket. That the browser will be the basis of the new Chrome OS should tell you where this is all headed.

Chrome itself is a typical Google app. If you enjoy their sparse functional style you will like Chrome. It is blazingly fast and stable. I use the developer's version which is a bit riskier than the beta or stable releases but not by much. However, if you need a lot of extras and add-ons in your browser you will probably be unhappy with Chrome at its present level of development.


I use both of them but Firefox still my default browser because when want develope a site firefox extension realy help me, but I like 1 thing in Chrome that have task manager and get realy less memory than firefox. I just have problem with size of memory that firefox get from the system.


I can't stand anything that slows down my web browsing experience. Firefox has turned into the "everything and the kitchen sink" type browser which defies its original project goals. Chrome is the new answer in my opinion.

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