Google Chrome’s release makes a big dust in the internet world. Mozilla is feeling big pressure about that. However, Mozilla has not hit the panic button yet, because they released a number of benchmarks showing Firefox 3.1 will be faster than anything Google can muster with Chrome.
But in the upcoming release of Firefox 3.1, which should be available by the end of the year, Mozilla will employ TraceMonkey, a new engine that according to Brendan Eich who is one of the coders of TraceMonkey: ”it will easily eclipse even the fastest instance of Chrome”.
As proof, Mozilla offers to public tests with Firefox running on TraceMonkey and compared it to Google’s Chrome beta using its own benchmarking solution called SunSpider. According to Mozilla, “Chrome was 28% slower on Windows XP and 16% slower on Windows Vista.”
Mozilla also said that TraceMonkey is still a young engine. It has been in development only for 2 months and will only get better before it is rolled out later this year on the other hand Google Chrome’s V8 was in development for over 2 years. Mozilla also believes that the new engine will put Firefox at the top of all benchmark speed tests at the end of this year. So, once Firefox 3.1 hits the Web, we’ll soon find out if Chrome has what it takes to stay on top after TraceMonkey becomes Mozilla’s engine of choice.
Now here’s what second alpha of FireFox 3.1 has to offer
- Ability to drag and drop tabs in and out of the browser windows(Chrome also has this feature).
- It adds support for the HTML 5 Video tag .
- It has added support for Web Workers which is a system that lets multiple scripts run as background processes.
- Chrome offers an “Incognito” mode which removes all your traces which means removing your footprints from the sites you have visited.
- Simplicity of Chrome is its plus point, it doesn’t waste any screen space.
- The Omnibox lets you search terms or URLs into a single spot and figures out what you want.
- Chrome’s multiprocess architecture makes a bad Web page less likely to take down the whole browser.
So all in all its good for us, because the more they compete more the options we get to choose from.
That’s it, now all the unwanted sites will be blocked in Chrome without the use of any extension.
- Download and install Privoxy.
- Click on the Wrench icon in Chrome in the upper right corner.
- Choose options>Under The Hood>Change proxy settings.
- In the Internet Properties dialog’s Connections tab, click on the LAN settings button.
- Check off “Proxy settings” and in the address setting add 127.0.0.1 and in the port 8118.
- If you have the option, you can also check off “Bypass proxy for local settings”.
- Click “OK,” close Chrome and restart it.