Chrome, which originally launched for Windows only, is now compatible to Mac and Linux operating systems. By far it’s foremost feature is its speed. From page loads to downloads, Chrome can run circles around Firefox and anyone else for that matter. Another great feature is in its protection against the entire browser crashing from a single corrupt tab. Since it’s relatively new, it lacks a lot of options expected from Firefox users such as RSS feeds and extensions. But, those will surely develop in due time. It has also been known to crash from time to time. Lastly, there is always the stigma of it being from Google with concerns of privacy and collected personal information.
Open source software and Linux fans have been loyal to Firefox for quite some time, and it’s not hard to see why. For one, it supports a boundless collection of extensions–much more than Chrome. Users are also smitten with its branching tab capability, RSS feed emphasis and plethora of plug-ins. Firefox is the most customizable web browser on the block, a major reason for the dedicated use from Linux advocates. However, it is slower than Chrome, especially when downloading. After comparing, it’s hard to declare a winner. Maybe the true winner here is open source software, and it’s proprietary software that’s hitting the mat.