Mozilla has just released its latest (and biggest) browser yet – Firefox Quantum – entirely based on its own 'Rust' programming language. I haven't tried the beta in the last month, and while I was excited about the prospects of a new browser (maybe faster), I didn't think it would affect me or my work. I was wrong.
Why also try a new browser?
I'm using a 2014 MacBook Air that, although it can handle Chrome, has started to show signs of aging. Chrome, by reputation, a browser of hogging resources and, if it weren't for the fact that Safari for some reason causes so much on WordPress, in reality I wouldn't use Chrome at all.
I'm not alone with all the headaches of Chrome at work; Rupesh sick and tired of his HP Envy that hits fans when Chrome is running, and some people instead switched to Edge. So yes, when I received Mozilla's e-mail regarding their new Firefox update – an update that promised 2x better speeds and 30% less resource usage, I was intrigued.
Firefox Quantum: a faster and better browser
If I had to describe my first impressions with Firefox Quantum in one word, I would say "awesome". THE' well designed interface, and although the "Highlights" and "Top Sites" features are not useful to me, they can be removed very easily, leaving a very clean default "New Tab" page .
For a whole day, I transferred all my Chrome works to Firefox. From research and Twitter, to WordPress and Quip; all that I usually did on Chrome, I did it on Firefox and the guy, I didn't miss Chrome at all.
Of course, Firefox doesn't have "The Great Suspender", a Chrome extension I use to suspend inactive cards, but it doesn't really need them. I ran the same 'app.sh' script that I ran every morning to open my 30 favorite websites, and while the difference in RAM consumption was around 300 MB, the speed difference was very noticeable. Even without suspending the cards, Firefox was noticeably faster than it was has ever been Chrome and, unlike Safari, it doesn't hurt even with WordPress.
So how does Firefox Quantum get it out? Rust.
The secret sauce of Firefox The extraordinary performance of Quantum the programming language "Rust" by Mozilla. The Quantum team used Rust to write every bit of code for their new browser, including a brand new CSS engine, "Stylo", which can spread the work between multiple cores, which is not possible with CSS engines used in other browsers.
Quantum loads pages much faster than Chrome
However, when it comes to the end user, the benchmarks and background improvements are just as important as the visible effect they have on the user himself. The Mozilla team seems to know and applied it to Quantum. The browser automatically assigns priority to active tabs, which is translates into a faster "apparent" performance. Even Quantum gives priority to things that he thinks the user has to worry about most – so the articles are uploaded before the images, and while not always what someone might want, almost always something I want.
Adios, Chrome! Hola, Quantum!
So even if I used Firefox Quantum for a day, it won't come back to Chrome. Not after experiencing the truly remarkable speed improvements that Firefox Quantum offers me, and the resources that my MacBook Air can save for other processes.