Very rarely use Chrome, usually only for testing, Opera's my browser of choice although I do have SeaMonkey, Netscape (for testing again but it does still work well), MSIE 9 and K-Meleon.
I also have Firefox and I have to agree with you 100% that it's been driving me crazy the last few months with "Not Responding" notices and having to Ctrl/Alt/Del to drag up the task manager and then it decides to respond!
Whilst Chrome is good I try to give G as little personal info as possible, difficult I know but at least I try:-)
As close as I got to Chrome was last week when I installed Chromium on my Linux box then went looking for add-ons to see what was out there. The add-ons came from the google store and I had to ride into the site bareback to get them.
I could feel eyes in my back. My skin started to crawl. I felt like I was being slimmed. I had to wipe down my PC, cables, and all devices afterward with anti-bacterial cloths. Then I had to go take a shower myself. It left me traumatized.
Okay, not really, but I will not install Chrome, not even for testing. I despise it worst than Internet Explorer 6 simply because of the entity behind it.
I might have to check out SRWare Iron sometime but not as long as I can resist it. I've seen Leosghost mention it a few times also. I simply have no need for Chrome. Firefox works very well for me, never any issues like I have seen others mention. On a rare occasion if my Firefox armor prevents me from interacting with a site as I need to then I just resort to Internet Explorer.
From a development perspective I just assume that Chrome works as it should and displays site contents properly -- easily accomplished with 3rd party screenshots. If functionality is affected, too bad. I'll suggest visitors try an alternate browser. However I'm quite sure Chrome is standards compliant so I don't get my knickers in a knot about it.
There's a few interesting remarks here though concerning a site like YouTube not functioning properly except in Chrome?! What better way to gain yet more market share by intentionally not having one of the internet's most popular sites only run optimally in Chrome?
I have to keep logged in with a number of Google accounts, so I use FF, Chrome, Safari, occasionally Opera and as a last resort, IE. Chrome usually works the best, but FF has extensions I really like, so it's still my default. It's definitely gotten more buggy (and I hate how it eats memory and doesn't give it back) Not in the least bit troubled about Chrome being a Google entity. That's not on my radar.
I don't use Chrome and won't install it. Google tracks too much of everything as it is. Even though I'm not doing anything wrong, I feel like I shouldn't be tracked everywhere, if I saw the whole profile on what they have on me, I'd probably go Amish. I use Google for AdSense, YouTube, and the odd search. The rest of it they can keep.
I use FireFox 95% of the time, Safari 4.9% of the time, and IE 0.1% of the time (only when I happen to be on a Windows box for a few mins). So that leaves 0.0% of the time for Chrome LOL
I use Firefox on the desktop and Chrome on the netbook for sheer speed and obviously on all my mobile Android devices.
If I could get all my FireFox tools that I love in Chrome I'd probably dump Firefox as the increasing level of buginess and wacky UI changes are getting so annoying that I'm ready to toss in the towel and MSIE certainly isn't an option and Opera has always been way too buggy for me.
No, I won't be diving off the tinfoil deep end with SRWare Iron either as I'm going to stick with something mainstream to make sure I'm getting the exact same experience as visitors to my site.
I've got work to get done and people to support, not agendas to push and life is just too short to get wrapped up in such nonsense as an anonymous proxy IP address or a TOR proxy does far more for privacy that using some obscure browser.
plain vanilla non-proxy/non-TOR/non-VPN traffic privacy is an illusion
Yup. All the no-track nonsense and all the rest is just security theater because having your home IP is all that's needed to track most which are nearly static. Unless you can regularly refresh a new IP from your ISP or use a proxy/TOR, you're being tracked and anyone that thinks otherwise is being deluded.
One of my sites requires a session cookie to maintain it's state (shopping cart) and even ISPs that use IP pools like AOL which switch IPs on the fly about every 15 minutes are still trackable from IP to IP is the session cookie remains intact.
That's how you catch people using TORs and stuff because they have to keep the cookie and if the IP changes every access or some such you know you've got a bunch of TOR IPs.
...you're being tracked and anyone that thinks otherwise is being deluded.
As a strong advocate of the right to privacy I know how much I'm being tracked, I have no delusions about it. I know when, where, why and how. I'm absolutely fully aware of my ISP's record keeping and monitoring of my movements. I have never doubted it for a minute but that's not what I object to. I draw the line when I'm being tracked for profit, or someone else's personal gain, by colluding entities and there is far to much of that going on right now.
It has nothing to do with paranoia or anything to hide. It's just simply wrong to be invading people with the ultimate goal of trying to shove a product in their face on every site they visit or now via mobile with every street they walk down.
Concerning Chrome -- there is no doubt in my mind that google uses it to track and profile individuals for profit. They are hungry for info concerning people's habits, so much so that they have even hacked browser settings of other companies to track their users. They must be licking their chops every time someone else switches to Chrome.