On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 1:21 PM, Nikos Roussos
>A few reasons, in my own personally believed order of popularity for
>1. Media "just works". Netflix, amazon video/music, spotify, etc.
Netflix "just works" on Firefox too (due to EME support). Spotify is flash. If
you install flash-plugin it works on Firefox too.
Having to install flash is a terrible thing these days. Also, Firefox
as shipped in Fedora out-of-the-box doesn't work for this because
Fedora out-of-the-box doesn't have the codecs. Chrome bundles them,
so end users that don't care get them and "it works".
(I realize Chrome has flash built-in in some form, but at least it
>2. Per process tabs mean one tab crashing doesn't take down
That's already the case with Firefox too. It's just not yet enabled by default on
the stable version.
So for 90% of browser users, it isn't the case yet.
>3. Tight integration into the Google ecosystem.
That's true. But that's an anti-feature. I don't think it's a nice user
experience to distribute them a browser that tries to force them to create a Google
account (that's Chrome's default first tab).
Depends on what the user is looking for.
>4. For a while, it was much faster than Firefox for typical
>heavy sites, etc. I believe Firefox has caught up for the most part.
That's old news. At the moment even Edge is probably faster than Chrome.
I said that.
Look, the original poster asked why Chrome/chromium were popular.
These are some of the reasons why. It wasn't a comparison to Firefox
or any other browser. I'm also not defending Chrome or any other
browser for that matter.