I finally said goodbye to Chrome.
After 6 years of championing it as the premier browser I had grown frustrated and distant . There were tears, heartache and questions galore; “How did this happen?”, “Was it something I did?”, “Was this inevitable?”. In the end it came down to my frustrations with performance during my day-to-day use. I have seen the benchmarks and Chrome performs better than most in general use and its ability to sync between platforms is second to none.
But I don’t put hardware or software through “general use”.
As an IT administrator and web developer, I am constantly putting my systems under stress. When my browser opens it needs to load 10-15 pinned tabs as well as any additional tabs for each session. To manage that load I run plenty of RAM (16GB), lean towards the Intel i7 series processors and enjoy the support of an SSD.
The problem I’ve had with Chrome is the way it manages it’s memory; each tab in Chrome is it’s own process. The heart behind sandboxing tabs is that if one crashes, it doesn’t tank your entire browser. It also lets the system use more memory than the browser may typically use because each instance vies for its resources independently. This works well in theory, but in practice, I have had nothing but trouble.
Maybe it’s because my processor isn’t top of the line (4th gen dual-core i7) or because I have too many open tabs. Either way, it simply does not meet my needs anymore.
Currently, I’m going back to Firefox, but I plan to give both Microsoft Edge and Opera a fair shake. It will take some getting used to, but I hope to find a better solution to my browser problems in the coming months.
Maybe we just need some space? They do say that “time makes the heart grow fonder,” right?