Over the next couple weeks we will be looking at Google app alternatives available in Ubuntu. We'll see if these apps are suitable or even come close to Googles products.
"Enough with Google".
This is what we kept hearing from our closest friends and colleagues these days. The steps Google is taking to become the biblical moloch that knows everything about our surfing habits made many of us, tech-savvy people, consider a total shut-down of all the Google services we use.
Today I want to talk about browsers. Can Ubuntu offer a decent alternative to Google Chrome, one of the fastest and best browsers in town? The short answer: yes, it can.
Ubuntu has Firefox web browser installed by default. Firefox has gone through many changes in the past 6 months to up its game and compete against Google Chrome. Let's be honest here, Google Chrome has become possibly best browser for desktop computers these days with all of its nifty features. Make no mistake Firefox is stepping up and can offer fast rendering, loading and displaying of webpages = Firefox is cool again.
What is even better is that Firefox is the browser of choice of the vast community behind Ubuntu, so that you will have plenty of possibilities to customize it, simply adding add-ons, which are really easy to install and offer plenty of possibilities for anybody.
About speed, we can honestly say that the guys behind Firefox did a great job, and in many cases Firefox is on-par if not better than Google Chrome. At least until Chrome will see a new major release which, according to Google, will be twice as fast as the previous one.
And to conclude, Firefox is RAM friendly. Google Chrome creates a separate process for each open tab, which while offering more stability, at the same time consumes as much as three times what Firefox consumes, given the same number of tabs.
So, if you want to go light and fast, Ubuntu has an answer to Google Chrome: its name is Firefox and if you never used it before, we strongly suggest you to start right now.
FireFox is Open Source, and hence its code can be modified and redistributed, in case you are not happy with parts of its functioning. And even if you are not a coder, you should love Open Source anyway, because there is nothing like using a software that cares about privacy and freedom.