Posted on www.wired.com
Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is the Browser Built for 2017
and many comments on hacker news
the intro of the article is IMHO what everybody does
IT'S BEEN YEARS since I gave a second thought to my web browser. Safari's fine, Microsoft Edge is whatever, I think Opera still exists? None have ever offered much reason to switch away from Chrome, Google's fast, simple web tool. I'm not the only one who feels this way, either: Chrome commands nearly 60 percent of the browser market, and is more than four times as popular as the second-place finisher, Firefox. Chrome won the browser wars.
And plenty more to read, but here already a little expression caught my eye:
the browser wars
Yep, it is still a war, an endless war that started back in the 90s.
As a user and developer I run all the browsers on all the main operating systems,
I use as well Chrome, Firefox, Safari and MS Edge (ok not Opera my bad).
On macOS, for a couple of months, because I was pissed off by the RAM glutony of Chrome,
I used Safari more and it was OK, sure it felt a bit slower but my RAM was on a diet and it felt good.
If I run all the different browsers at once it is because I need their sessions to be separated from each other, and/or because I test on particular browser and/or I need to close/reopen it a lot and/or clear the cache, etc.
Usually it would be like: I open browser A for documentation/reference stuff and so I use browser B for testing, but in general, as soon as I need to do web UI, I try to test on all browsers.
And guess what? not everydoby is doing that, toward the end of the article you can read
Switching browsers is kind of a pain. They're the most important, most-used apps on just about all our devices, and there's a steep learning curve in trying to figure out a new one. And in a few cases, it might even be impossible; I can't use the Conde Nast CMS in anything other than Chrome, so I can't switch completely.
Yep, their CMS is only tested and meant to work with Chrome.
Hummm ... where did I see that kind of pattern before?
In fact, a comment on hacker news says that
Chrome is IE6 all over again.
Outch, a bit unfair but still ring true.
So I did not try Firefox Quantum yet (in middle of releases so my rules is to not update any software I rely on) but I'm looking forward to use it and I will probably give it a shot to replace Chrome for a couple of months see what happen.
Now, reading through the comments and thinking again on this battle of web apps vs native apps, I must say the flaw of web apps is painfully obvious: not everyone test on ALL the browsers.
I'm guilty of that too, I don't write CSS by hand I use CSS kits and I rely on the "browser compatibility list" those CSS kits support.
See for example Bootstrap v4.0
Browsers and devices
Learn about the browsers and devices, from modern to old, that are supported by Bootstrap, including known quirks and bugs for each.
I'm not saying that Chrome is exactly like IE6, but the result is the same: developers and designers will have a tendency to test only with Chrome making mainly web sites compatible first with Chrome and overlook Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, etc.
It will probably work with other browsers for the simple stuff but more advanced stuff may break.
And suddenly all the talk about how web standard make the web apps work everywhere feels like bullshit, it is only standard and "universal" if it is tested on ALL the browsers ALL the time (and that also include mobile browsers).
Now, on the other part, with Adobe AIR and Flash in general, it has been decades that I can rely on consistent GUI rendering.
In fact, that is the very first reason why I got interested with Flash back in the days, I was just sick of the Netscape vs IE browser wars (and their incompabilities), it was so refreshing to be able to publish the very same GUI everywhere a Flash plugin could run.
Anyway, I just hope Firefox Quantum will level the browsers playground as I certainly do not want an all mighty
<any browser brand> imposing its own rules all over the web.