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Chrome, the operating system, is apparently pretty great Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) I've adopted, studied every Windows OS, adapted, and eventually learned to love each of them for different reasons. Are you curious to know why as of today, I'm a Chromebook guy? Read More – but Chrome, the operating system, is the worst thing that ever happened to Chrome, the browser.

Since the beginning of ChromeOS, Chrome on other platforms has increasingly been bogged down by additions that only make sense for ChromeOS users. Things like app launchers, notification systems, and user profiles simply don’t add much if you’re running a web browser on Windows, Mac or Linux – all of those operating systems have their own, better-integrated tools for doing the same thing. Yet Chrome bundles all this and more.

Chrome, the operating system, is relatively lightweight – but its existence means that Chrome, the browser, does all sorts of things its own way instead of going native. And that sucks, especially for those of us who hate Chrome but feel stuck with it I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More .

It’s Grown Into a Monster

Remember when Chrome was simple? Back in 2008, Google explained that its browser was going to be simpler. They even made a cartoon explaining this:

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Since then, Chrome has become a famous hog of memory and battery life. I’m not going to argue that the addition of things like Chrome apps and notifications are what’s eating your computer’s power, but the fact is that Chrome isn’t just a browser anymore: it’s a platform. And if you’re not using that platform, Chrome is adding all kinds of unnecessary crap to your browsing experience.

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Here are just a few of the worst things about Chrome, in my opinion.

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I don’t know why there’s any confusion about Chrome’s add-ons situation! After all, it’s simple! Let me explain:

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  • “Apps” are totally different from “bookmarks” in that they have bigger, smartphone-sharped icons.
  • “Apps” used to show up on the new tab page, but that made them too easy to find. For this reason, they now show up in a separate program called “Chrome App Launcher”, which may or may not be installed on your system depending on…something.
  • Isn’t this simple?
  • Oh yeah: some “Apps” are more than websites, because they’re kinda/sorta desktop programs that launch in new windows, without an address bar, and may or may not have some sort of offline capability. These close if you close Chrome, just to remind you that they’re not really desktop applications.
  • In many cases, such as Google’s own Hangouts Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop It took someone outside Google hacking away at CSS to finally offer a decent Hangouts experience on desktops and laptops – and you can give it a shot right now if you're a Chrome user. Read More , there is an App and an Extension with the same name and icon, which may or may not offer the same functionality and also may or may not be a totally different interface. It’s up to you to discover which one you like, at random, by searching the Chrome Web Store and installing whichever you notice first.
  • Oh, and you can also possibly/maybe/unofficially run Android apps in Chrome How To Run Android Apps in Chrome on Mac / Linux / Windows How To Run Android Apps in Chrome on Mac / Linux / Windows It's now possible to run Android apps in the Chrome browser -- it just takes a little bit of work. Read More as well. Note that “Android Apps” are not to be confused with “Chrome Apps” (though the “Android Apps” are to be launched from the “Chrome App Launcher”).
  • None of this is confusing.
  • Not even slightly.
  • Google knows what they’re doing.

Why Does Chrome Have Its Own Notification System?

One of the great new features of Windows 10 is an integrated notifications system. Chrome doesn’t support it.

It’s part of a longer trend: OS X users have had a system-wide notification system for years, but on that platform Chrome also goes its own way.

Chrome has it’s own notification system, which makes sense on ChromeOS How to Effectively Manage Your Chromebook's Notifications How to Effectively Manage Your Chromebook's Notifications Notifications can be extremely useful – making sure you never miss an email, message, or reminder. However, the important stuff often gets drowned out in sea of advertising and unimportant Pinterest updates. Read More  but not on every other platform. These notifications look out of place and overlap with notifications from other programs.

Why complicate things? Why not integrate with the operating system? It’s frustrating, and users are noticing.

It’s a superficial thing, but it points to Chrome replicating functionality from ChromeOS instead of integrating with operating systems.

User Profiles. Why?

Logging into a stranger’s Chromebook is easy: just log into your Google account and you’re done. All of your settings, all of your apps, all of your bookmarks.

This is brilliant. It also makes no sense on a desktop computer.

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Desktop operating systems have their own user system, meaning if a friend of mine wants to borrow my laptop they can – without having access to all of my personal files. Maybe I’m missing something here – this could potentially be nice for families sharing a desktop computer – but I really wish I could get rid of that button at the top-right. And I’m not alone.

[Editor’s note: It’s really handy if you want to swap from a work profile to a home profile]

None Of This Crap Is Integrated On Mobile

Google, on some level, knows that everything I’ve mentioned here isn’t necessary – and the mobile versions of Chrome are the proof. None of the unnecessary features I’m complaining about  are included in the iOS or Android versions of Chrome, both of which integrate nicely with their respective operating systems. Why not build a browser that does the same things on desktop operating systems?

Chrome Killed Google’s Desktop Offerings

Once upon a time, Google offered a variety of apps for Windows, Mac and Linux users. These days, they basically offer one: Chrome. Everything else is offered as a Chrome extension (or an App!)

Want to use Google Hangouts to chat with your friends? Install Chrome. Want to be notified when you get a new Gmail message, or SMS over Google Voice? Install Chrome. Want offline access to your Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Drive? Install Chrome. It’s Google’s official answer to everything on the desktop.

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Heck, sometimes Google goes one step further. Sparrow was a fantastic desktop Gmail app Sparrow - A New Gmail Desktop Client for Mac Users Sparrow - A New Gmail Desktop Client for Mac Users Read More , until Google bought out the company and shut down development.

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That’s right: it’s not enough to not offer a desktop app. Google also buys third party companies to take those apps off the market as well. Wonderful.

Great Operating System; Needs a Better Browser

As Internet jokes go, it’s a pretty old one: “iTunes is a pretty great operating system, it just needs a better music player”. The joke being that iTunes, once a simple music player, grew so complex and added so many features unrelated to playing music that it started to suck at…you know…actually playing music. (Even funnier: that joke was common 10 years before Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More , but I digress).

Here’s my point: I think Chrome is a pretty good operating system, it just needs to be a better browser. Ideally something that stays out of the users’ way.

  1. Clayton
    December 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I think it would be great if the print feature could produce a document that looked like a web page.

  2. Oblen
    June 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Chrome used to be such a great browser, before Google started going against their own word and turning it into something unnecessarily complicated. I've seen a large turnover from chrome to Edge on Windows and Safari on OSX and I expect this is why.
    Hopefully, as chrome's market share falls, Google will get their act together and try to fix the browser.

    • Anthony
      June 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      What do you classify as a 'large turnover'? According to the Net Marketshare both Edge and Safari currently make up less than 10% of the overall browser marketshare and chrome's positition has increased 18% year over year.

      Chrome 45.63%
      Microsoft Internet Explorer 33.71%
      Firefox 8.91%
      Microsoft Edge 4.99%
      Safari 4.69%

      https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=1&qpcustomb=0

    • Anthony
      June 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Um what do you classify as a 'large turnover'? According to netmarketshare.com, Chrome's market share increased 18% year over year and currently holds 45% of the overall market. Edge and Safari make up less than 10% combined.

  3. Toastrackenigma
    May 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

    It makes sense to have apps and extensions (BTW, you forgot about themes): extensions customize the browser by adding new tasks to web pages, etc, while apps are little programs which are made in HTML5 / CSS / JS (web technologies) and which are rendered using Chromes' engine. It's up to the app developer what they name their app, what it does, etc. Not really that confusing.

    Chrome doesn't use the built-in notification centres on Operating Systems because W3C (the organisation that makes web standards) specifies that web pages should be able to push desktop notifications with images and custom actions. This isn't possible with most default notification centres, so Chrome provides its own. This is actually a GOOD thing.

    Also, the different profiles are great for when a friend, etc that doesn't have an account on my laptop wants to show me something that they "saw the other day" - they can just add their profile, sign in and view their bookmarks and history - pretty useful. It's also designed for people with more than one account, such as work or business (like the editors' note said).

  4. Anthony
    April 11, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Once again Justin you use editorial to bash google. It's ok to not like chrome, its ok not to use it, its ok to write about your dislike of it ...

    What's not ok is misrepresenting facts. Google acquired Sparrow and integrated it's features into it's development of 'inbox', they did not acquire it to kill desktop apps.

    • Oblen
      June 17, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      But they killed the desktop app anyway, because they hate desktop apps. Sounds like Google to me.

      • Anthony
        June 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

        ... and in the process created a web app with the same functionality that can freely used by anyone in the world.

        While you may have lost an email client, there is a bigger picture. Inbox is offered for all equally.

        I'm a mac fan. All my computing hardware is apple. But you have to give google credit where credit is due. If you don't like chrome - don't download it. Simple.

  5. deedee
    April 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    i'm sick of it crashing (not responding) multiple times every damn day and i have to "close program" or "wait for program to respond'! what a huge pain in the ass

  6. waju
    March 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Bad. You guys are simply underestimating Chrome. Google Chrome is the best browser built EVER! Look at its compression engine, support, fast, ability to run separate apps, tool as a developing utility, security, 32-64 bit versions, simplicity ...

    Not just me, but 70% of the world love it. Users run Chrome 80% of the time while they are in PC - and you are calling it a crap!

    CRAP!

    • Justin Pot
      March 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      I'm not calling it crap, I'm calling the unnecessary feature blot crap. And Google evidently agrees, at least in part, because some of these features have since been removed.

  7. john
    February 19, 2016 at 4:23 am

    there are alwasy going to be sites that rag on any product. I've used a chromebook for three months and agree with both sides. what rattles me most is the abject failure of those who see themselves a tech aware, and yet seem unwilling to simply say it "chrome is the crappiest browser on earth" junk on a windows pc, and total junk on a chromebook

    get real. it is a browser on top of linux. the os is LINUX!!! stop raving about google's new os. linus torvalds beat them by decades. leave it to the clods at google to finally do what so many hoped,which is mainsream linux nd cut of M$ nuts, and to it so badly its unusabe.

    the arrogance of a keyvboard with NO delete key, no home key and a power button where the entire world goes to delete, with lousy results.

    lots of good,its solid, but its linux. lots of add on apps, but they are written by 18 year old ITT grads with the worst giui's since someone put a pc in front of melinda gates.

    I think is just another good idea, badly carried out. its been three months and I still don'r know if my files on earth, the moon, or being sorted by google liberal volunteers watching me

    I use my book to check my email and look at the news from my bedroom, via teamviewer, which is the best app for chrome os. still I stupidly try and improve by finding niche apps,lke an mp3 player that can only see google drive, not my usb drive, or any of the other nebulous folders. geeez guysk, why so convoluted. I usually just try thiings, aware thatg hell can reign down, but able to fix it. I did not know that clearing my browsing info,cookes, etal,would lay a hand on my desktop pc. I still have not recovered from settingup google drive on my windows pc. I stare in disbelief at google docs google slides, google whateverther hell on my windows desktop and wonder if any of those kids at google know that we all hated microsoft when they started push their crap stuff on every app install... google docs does not even have a FILE_NEW, save_as or open option. that is not a word processor gang

    let me tell you how I know chrome is heading for my trash. I painstakingly dictated seven pages of really good stuff, bus since it cannot delete with voice, so i moved to the keyboard. hate chicklet keys and my fingers fumbled, somehow choosing 'select all' and I did not mean to hit the backspace key which cleard all seven pages, and 1 ms later autosave swallowed it, destroying all my work with blank pages 1978, I am using my apple to enter text just fine. 2016, this crap has not gotten any better its sad.

  8. Donald R McQuaig
    September 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I'm glad I found this article, because up until now, I had been believing that chrome had been running so poorly due to something I had done on both of my computers. "Imagine that!"

    I thought I was winning the battle at first by deleting apps one at a time in an attempt to regain control of my browser, but it turned out,....... not to be the case. So, as frustrating as it remains, I finally decided to switch my default browser elsewhere.

    Thanks for the posts!

    • Donald R McQuaig
      September 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      By the way, I have yet to find a browser that is anywhere close to 100%. They all have a tendency to p!$$ me off eventually!

  9. Rob Nightingale
    September 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Well said, Justin. I have a love-hate relationship with Chrome. The hate first started when, on my old Windows laptop, it needed so much memory, my poor laptop's fan just couldn't keep up. Ended up with heat burns on my thight. Thanks Google.

  10. Paul Nirens
    September 23, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I don't wish to offend anyone, but you tech-heads just don't get it.
    I'm going to put it in simple, non tech language. Google have become Microsoft. So big and all powerful that they now put out poor products because everyone is going to use them any way. So why make the effort. Rather than "do no evil", they have become " our way or no way", just like Apple or MS.

    • Justin Pot
      September 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Yeah, Google isn't the scrappy startup we all used to cheer for – hasn't been for years.

  11. gco13308
    September 23, 2015 at 12:29 am

    More and more, I'm finding that many of the websites I use /visit on a regular basis DO NOT WORK in chrome -- for example: hgtv.com, aarp, ipsos, even some "geek" sites -- especially any with slideshows. This is not a java or flash issue, as my alternate browser has the similar settings. Furthermore, I get pages with "please enable cookies" on sites that have long been whitelisted for cookies! If it wasn't for GMAIL, I probably wouldn't be using chrome much at all.

    • Justin Pot
      September 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      What's your alternate browser?

      • gco13308
        September 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        Firefox.
        Oh, and AARP.org is another site where many of their pages will not render properly in chrome.

  12. A41202813GMAIL ..
    September 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Whenever I Can, I Download All The Extensions, I Need, From The CHROME And Clones Web Stores.

    The Formats Are .CRX Or .NEX - You Can Rename Them Both Ways, If Necessary.

    There Are Several Extensions That Let You Do The Downloading.

    Once An Extension Is On Your Hard Drive, It Is Up To You In What Clone You Want To Install It - Most Of Them Are Compatible.

    Unfortunately, CHROME No Longer Allows The Use Of Extensions Outside Their Web Store.

    But OPERA15+ And YANDEX Are A Lot More Lenient.

    In Fact, OPERA15+ Is Too Lenient, But YANDEX Did What CHROME Should Have Done To Give Power Users A Choice.

    Every Time YANDEX Starts, It Disables All **Rogue** Extensions, But Warns You And Lets You Enable All Them Again, In Bulk, And With Just A Single Click.

    Had CHROME Adopted Such A Policy, And I Would Not Have Dropped It In Favor Of OPERA15+, As My Main Browser.

    Cheers.

    • Justin Pot
      September 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      That's an extensive strategy, thanks for outlining it here.

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        September 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

        My Pleasure.

        The CHROME Extensions, That Allow The Downloading I Talked About, Have The Following ID Codes:

        ACPIMOEBMFJPFNBHJGDGIACJFEBMMMCI

        ADAJMNAGFNJMJKLJPMIGLNGKBGOAEHGI

        FJBHMEOEGBODLEGANCANAPNOGHEJNMAF

        Cheers.

    • Howard Blair
      September 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Is there an add-on that corrects Initial Capping Every Word? or TYPING IN ALL CAPS? :)

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        September 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

        Yes, There Are.

        ---

        As Pointed Out By Many Posters Here In The Last Few Days, You Need To Take Your Meds Again Or Have Some Anger Management Classes - Preferably Both.

        • Howard Blair
          September 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          No, I Don't. And You Can't Make Me.

        • A41202813GMAIL ..
          September 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

          You Have Some Serious Social Issues.

          All I Can Say Is - You Started It With Your Virus Jibe.

          Ignore My Posts And I Will Ignore Yours.

        • chinmoy1955
          October 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

          Hi A41202813GMAIL (looks like the code name of NASA's latest space shuttle......lol

          Not Howard Blair, but YOU seem to have some sort of social or maybe psychiatric issue. Frankly speaking, I was really pi$$ed off reading your post with all initial caps. Reading the sentences was like stopping at each word and then starting again on the next word...more like climbing a ladder step by step!

          And Blair did a good thing in following your advice.....he ignored your posts

  13. likefun butnot
    September 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    A couple of my favorites:

    1. Chrome's process model. A process per tab is nuts, especially when you like to open lots of tabs. If I try to browse in Chrome the way I do in Mozilla-derived browsers, I see RAM usage balloon past the point of rationality very, very quickly. I'm actually unbothered when I have four or six gigabytes of RAM tied up by web browsers, but to have it using more than double that? Even though I have the RAM to support it, I still don't like it.

    2. Addons that can't do what I want them do. Case in point: Noscript. Google also controls the selection of available addons so that useful tools (e.g. video downloading software) isn't available for its browser.

    3. Chrome keeps configuration data too many different places. OK, this is a techie issue, but Chrome kind of craps configuration info all over a user profile. This is really bad if you're trying to clean up user data after a malware infection. It's particularly obnoxious when something problematic follows a user to a new machine or Windows installation.

    4. Chrome has a lot of bogus shitware in its Apps and Addons site. If Google is so concerned about rogue extensions, why are there a dozen misspellings of "Adblock", each using a deceptively similar logo, available?

    5. No NPAPI at all. First, I do agree that NPAPI isn't necessarily the best thing for computer security, but some people do want to use Chrome and Java at the same time. Having an obscure hidden setting was a fair compromise for that.

    • Justin Pot
      September 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Wow, this is like an entire supplement to my article, all great points. I'm particularly upset about how much shitware there is in the web store, they need to clean that crap up. Maybe that'll be my next project.

  14. Kade Medina
    September 17, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I used Firefox first in the beginning, than Chrome for about four-five years (is now four years ago) and then I switch back to Firefox last year for about two months or so (around late 2013), and I hate the new direction Mozilla is going with Firefox (Australis and all the new bloatware that's integrated). Well, if you haven't notice, they are trying so bad to be better than Chrome, they themselves are becoming a Chrome clone (FxChrome).

    Anyways, I now currently use Pale Moon (an Open Source web browser forked off from the Firefox/Mozilla code with no Australis integration) and I"m also an active user on their user forums. This browser is so efficient and way much lighter on system resources, we are an open source project that puts our users/community first and is not affiliated with the any Firefox/Mozilla projects because Pale Moon is an independently developed product forked off the Mozilla/Firefox code; we will not follow every step Firefox/Waterfox/Cyberfox/SeaMonkey ("based-off" Firefox/Mozilla browsers) makes to implement certain code and functionality that is not in our plans ahead of us.

    So that's what I'm browsing with these days, completely free and independent; "Your browser, your way."

    Now if any are interested, you can get here: http://www.palemoon.org/ and want to know more or need some questions answered, please feel free to register on our forums here: https://forum.palemoon.org/ucp.php?mode=register.

    • Kade Medina
      September 17, 2015 at 6:17 am

      NOTE: my timeline is off quite a bit.

    • Justin Pot
      September 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Palemoon sounds interesting, I'll need to look into it more closely.

    • Howard Blair
      September 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Any overview on how Pale Moon and its sisters (Waterfox, Cyberfox, etc.) compare? I'm waiting on whether or not Firefox decides on the dreaded "extension murder" or not, but it would be nice to have a choice picked out ahead of time...
      A browser that auto-updates and has a portable version (a la PortableApps.com) would also be great.

      • Kade Medina
        September 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Yeah I would write an article on it, but I have no idea how to get started? I also want to inform you that you won't find Pale Moon potable at PortableApps.com because they say we're using an outdated version of Gecko and only will provide their users with the most stable and updated programs available on their website.

        Which is retarded of them because many users on their forums have stated that "Pale Moon is a fork and being a fork means taking snapshots of the original products code base and will go on forward with that on our own."

        Or to simply it, "we will not follow every step Firefox/Waterfox/Cyberfox/SeaMonkey ("based-off" Firefox/Mozilla code browsers) makes to implement certain code and functionality that is not in our plans ahead of us."

        Anyways, here is where you can download a portable version of Pale Moon: http://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-portable.shtml.

  15. Gilbert J.
    September 17, 2015 at 2:11 am

    I like Chrome, but I only use one profile and find the profile button very annoying. Every time Chrome updates to a new version I have to go back and disable it again. There really ought to be a switch in Settings for it so that those of us who don't want it can turn it off and leave it off.

    • Justin Pot
      September 17, 2015 at 2:31 am

      That is deeply annoying, I agree. There should be an option.

  16. Fraser Smith
    September 17, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Hadn't spotted that with Safari on El C. But haven't used it much yet. There's also a really cool Opera extension that allows you to install directly from the Chrome Webstore. It's not quite one-click, but it still streamlines the process.

    • Justin Pot
      September 17, 2015 at 1:47 am

      Clearly I need to give Opera an extended spin sometime soon.

  17. fcd76218
    September 16, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I agree with your rant against Chrome but if one is using Firefox, IE, Edge, Opera, Safari or any other non-Chrome browser, no matter how bloated Chrome becomes is of no consequence. Only Chrome users are affected.

  18. Sumit Kishore
    September 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Re: the Editor's Note: The profile switch feature is much more complicated than it needs to be. One click on the name label to drop down, another to "switch person" to bring up a different dialog where you hit a third button to actually choose. Alternatively (on mac), go down to the dock and right click. At least 2 clicks. It may be possible to set up multiple dock icons for different profiles, but it certainly ain't easy. It almost looks like it was designed to discourage profile switching.

    • Justin Pot
      September 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Well look at that, Angela added a note to my rant. :)

    • Federico Guzmán
      September 17, 2015 at 3:32 am

      You can simply right click on the account button in the title bar and a menu with every other account will pop up.

  19. Elton Woo
    September 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Regrettably, I have to agree that chrome is becoming far too bloated. I run it on all my machines (chromebook ... of course), Mint Linux 17.2, and Windows 8.1. I'm seriously considering switching back to Firefox ... except on the Chromebook where (naturally) you cannot use a different browser. Pity!

    • Justin Pot
      September 16, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      You could get Firefox working on a Chromebook if you installed Ubuntu on it. :)

      • Elton Woo
        September 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        I _do_ have ubuntu installed on my HP 14 chromebook, mapped to an external drive (64 Gb SD card) and running windowed. Crouton, xiwi, etc. But that was not my point. What I meant is that you cannot *replace* the chrome browser since it is integral to using a chromebook.

        Also, I was referring to both the chrome browser and underlying chromeos as becoming too bloated. Now they're talking about running android apps (think of the vulnerabilities there!), and even adding SANE support. ... so there goes cloud scanning... and yet they can't modify the file manager to show (what I have reasonably requested): when you select a few files, or a directory, to display the total size.

        I foolishly thought that since chromeos is _based on Linux_ that one could easily run native linux apps. Instead, all this fiddling around with developer mode and crouton.

        • Justin Pot
          September 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

          I was mostly joking but these are all great points. Android is also based on Linux, but very much has its own ecosystem surrounding it. There are pluses and minuses to that approach, that's for sure.

  20. John Berger
    September 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I have one major pet peeve with Chrome, It might not seem like much, but to me it's infuriating. I hate how there is no option to change the scaling from Chrome's Print Preview function.

    I'm on two podcasts, so I am constantly printing things off for notes. I can't begin to tell you how many times I'd go to print something off and Chrome uses huge letters and multiple pages, even double-sided. I end up having to hop over to Firefox where I can scale it down to a reasonable size before printing and see it right there without having to guess with the printer's dialog box.

    This has also been a feature request for years; but apparently it's not important in any way, regardless of how many people have posted in Google Groups that they want this, so it keeps getting pushed back. I find it hard to believe that this is such a difficult feature to implement when other browsers and programs have had this function for decades!

    • Justin Pot
      September 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      This is infuriating. I never print things myself, and I'm sure the team at Google prints things even less often, but that's no excuse for not listening to your users.

  21. Fraser Smith
    September 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Agree on everything except Profiles. Profiles are Chrome's killer feature. I have a Personal profile with my gmail, facebook, Twitter accounts etc in pinned tabs. I have a Work profile with my work email (Google hosted) and work tabs pinned. Accessing one or the other is as simple as choosing a menu item or right clicking the Dock icon. AFAIK, there isn't another browser on the market that can do this so well.

    Automatic inline translation is also pretty cool. Once again, no other browser does it.

    I'm going through a phase of using Opera as my default. Love the fact that with 7 pinned tabs, it's using just over 300MB of memory. Chrome, with four of those tabs open uses over 3GB. Sheesh.

    • Justin Pot
      September 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I realized people would disagree with me on the profiles, and I'll admit I'm bothered by the box taking up visual space at top-right about as much as anything.

      I should look into Opera again, it's been a long time. Am using Safari right now, not missing Chrome very much at all.

      • Fraser Smith
        September 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        Yes, I like the look of Safari in El Capitan. Finally Apple have innovated pinned tabs ;-) . For me, the the big plus with Opera is it's ability to run Chrome extensions as well as it's own. So, I can have both browsers installed side by side with exactly the same extensions installed.

        • Justin Pot
          September 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

          They way they do pinned tabs is kinda weird, actually – when you close your last non-pinned tab it seems to close the entire browser window. Not sure if that's a bug or not – El Capitan isn't officially out yet, so maybe.

          Anyway, I didn't know that Opera could run Chrome extensions, that's a big plus. I think Firefox is looking into doing the same thing.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

      I'm on day 13 of the Firefox shift. Things aren't pretty on this side, Justin and Fraser. For all of Chrome's problems...

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