Why can’t I switch from Firefox to Chrome

Firefox on ChromeYeah, why? I mean… I don’t even know why I’m writing in English on an Italian blog1. Please read this article with a British accent if you can (sooo cooool).

I’d really like to switch to Chrome. On my Ubuntu machine it seems fast, compact, stable, and without *a lot* of the problems that are afflicting Firefox (for example, the crappy pdf viewer or the high memory usage under some circumstances).

So, what the hell is keeping me chained to Firefox?

History

Firefox changed the web. Really. I feel bad about leaving it after so much time together. But who cares.

I use a lot of tabs

It’s a bad habit. I usually leave a lot of tabs opened while I surf the web. I use them like temporary bookmarks, the problem is that they stay there for days. I tried to avoid it but… I can’t. It’s a mess. Sorry.

This is the situation on Firefox:

Firefox tabsAnd this on Chrome (it’s the same number of tabs):

Chrome tabsNow, you may notice that Chrome, with a lot of tabs opened, is unusable. You can’t even recognize the first letter of the titles. On Firefox, instead, the tabs get compressed up to a decent limit, and then you just scroll.

I use A LOT of tabs. A lot.

This is a big issue because, some time ago, Firefox introduced a “group your tabs” feature. I did immediately see a chance to split my tabs in separated groups, so that I could keep opened even more tabs together.

Firefox tab groups

“Group your tabs”, or “Panorama”, or “Tab Candy”, or whatever its name is

Of course, I couldn’t find a well-working, equivalent extension on Chrome, and now I can’t live without this feature.

I hate Chrome’s preferences window

Yeah I know, this is stupid. But compare it with the preferences window of Firefox. I’m afraid that I’ll eventually need some setting not available on Chrome. Told you, it’s stupid.

Nothing more?

Nope. I’m sorry Google, I can’t switch until I have a decent tab manager. The second problem (the “tab grouping” thing) could be resolved with an extension (out there, all I could find were unmaintained old bad-written extensions), but for the first one (the micro-tabs) there could not be an easy solution.

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