Making Firefox Act More Like Opera

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"Young enough to know the right car to buy yet grown enough not to put rims on it."
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Posted on December 29, 2004 8:55 PM in Browsers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

I've been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix, and in all that time I've never done anything to boost the speed or performance. I guess it's because default settings seem "safe," but I'm not really sure.

Anyway, after reading instructions over at Forever Geek on how to speed up the 'Fox, I decided to give it a whirl. The only real difference I notice, now that I've followed those instructions, is that pages tend to start painting a lot quicker than they did before. It doesn't quite feel like I've gained any overall speed, though. Maybe it's because my particular bandwidth/CPU configuration doesn't lend itself toward this type of tweaking.

Just in case you try to give it a whirl yourself, you might want to read what Asa Dotzler has to say about it first.

I think the real reason I decided to give it a try is to see if it could compete with the feeling of watching a page render in Opera. I've always been impressed with the speed at which that particular browser loads pages, just never impressed enough with anything else about it to stop using Firefox.

On that note, I decided to download Opera 8 Beta tonight, and I am very impressed with the strides they've obviously made with their UI. Some of the things they've done with fade-in buttons and elements and the tab and navigation bars are pretty sweet. In addition, I think this may officially be the first post I've made to my blog from Opera.

With all this said, though, I still won't be leaving Firefox any time soon. It's just kind of nice to have another shiny sports car in the garage, so to speak.


irkregent on January 18, 2005 at 6:15 PM:

One of the things Opera still does better is the "go back" function -- it's blazingly fast.


Passing Stranger on March 10, 2005 at 2:33 PM:

Hi, I stumbled onto this entry by coincidence, but I just couldn't pass on without saying something. I've followed the progress of Firefox for a couple of years as well and certainly appreciate it, but I remain a fanatic follower of Opera. Note that since version 7, there is no 'Opera UI' - the interface can be almost infinitely customised, in looks, layout as well as functionality. Theoretically this can be done in Firefox too via extensions (since it's open-source) but Opera makes it as easy as clicking, dragging and sometimes modifying some ini files. Otherwise too, the multitudes of extremely innovative features that Opera keeps coming up with, have increased the pleasure and productivity of my browsing by orders of magnitude.


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