Yesterday I installed Google Chrome on the last of my frequently-used computers, completing my transition away from Firefox. The reasons for this are various, but mostly it came down Firefox being slow and big, especially on my little Ubuntu netbook. As much as I’ve liked FF over the years, I just got tired of it being so greedy for memory and so slow to start up. And the fact that it occasionally pegged the CPU and froze when returning from sleep was just bonus.
This doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on Firefox entirely. In particular, if I ever web development again, Firefox + Firebug remains the platform of choice. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying a browser that only takes 5% of my available memory, rather than 25%.