Chrom(ium) vs Firefox – personal opinion!

So, the news about Chromium(Google Chrome for linux/mac) is out. Personal I’ve been using the development build for a month already…and theres a reason WHY!

If you’re anything like me, you pretty much have Facebook up all the time – perfect place to procrastinate from whatever you are doing. So hey, whats wrong with that? I’ll tell you whats wrong – firefox memory build up! This does apply to several version of Firefox too, I’m using the newest stable release.

Firefox and memory

What happens to firefox after having facebook up for a while, is that it’s claiming all my memory, often we’re talking about up til 40% of my 2GB memory. No this is of course after my firefox have been open for about 2 days straight!(Why would you ever need to close your browser?!). So my main thought is that the javascript engine over at mozilla labs is not doing a proper enough job freeing up memory, which sucks!

Chromium the saviour?

So, can Chromium do anything about it? Hope so, at least looking promising now. Chromium is running the V8 javascript enginge coupled with the Webkit rendering engine, which apparently go well together in a bundle;) What happens to my memory consumption when running Chromium?

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT! After running it for several days straight(without crashing or anything) it still only claim about 4% of my memory, that is 10 times as little as Firefox would claim!

Why is this? Chromium on steroids?

I still havent figured out why! The question is more; what is wrong with who? Is Firefox javascript engined really flawed, or is V8 THAT good?…or is it something else?

I’ve been planning to investigate into this at a later stage, but for now I don’t have an answer for you. As soon as Chromium develops into a full blown and stable browser I’ll do new tests with proper data and see if it still is as fast and memory efficient as it is now.

Stay tuned..