Well, not really love...
To say that I coexist with Chrome is more accurate. Two months ago, I absolutely despised Chrome. It was a white-hot hatred that transcended the Mortal Plane. I'm sure such powerful emotions were the trigger to some short bursts of telekinesis around me.
I've been a Firefox user since the beginning. I watched as Netscape was publicly executed by Microsoft years ago, and swore I would never again use IE. Of course, that was only a precursor to my migration to Linux as my one and only OS.
The addons and extensions for Firefox sealed the deal. Suddenly with a flick of my wrist, I could move the browser page forward or back, up or down. I could right click and be presented with a multitude of choices to do stuff. I could change the way Firefox looked, acted and responded.
It was love at first byte.
Fast forward to this year...Just a few months into the Adobe decision that they would discontinue Linux support...
Roughly the same time frame that Oracle took over Java.
Suddenly, My Firefox Browser began to show wobbly legs and a weak back. Flash was crashing every time I tried to take a video to full screen, websites like Pogo.com insisted that I needed an updated version of Java...even though I had the latest release from my repositories...
Even manual installation of the very latest via tar.gz didn't satisfy many of the "requirements" for Java.
And yeah...I'm sure there will be comments..."well, it works fine for me..."
Great, then I guess it doesn't suck to be you.
Help forums that span many of the major distros are full of these particular complaints.
And for seemingly no reason, in the middle of any given task, Firefox just poofed out of existence on my monitor.
"Would you like to send a crash report" it asked?
"Uh, you mean like the four dozen I've already sent today? No thanks."
I installed Chrome like I was writing a eulogy. In comparison, it was much like dancing with a corpse. Stiff and unyielding, rigor that had set in deeply. It insisted that the tabs reside on top of my URL bar....
No option for change.
Some of the cool and nifty addons that were masterpieces in Firefox are akin to a six year old's scrawl in Chrome. Mouse gestures refuse to work as advertised. It refused to give me a dedicated search box like the Google Toolbar and my Gmail checker rarely announced new email in anything approaching a timely fashion.
But...It remained in the back of my mind that as Google goes....
So goes the Internet.
Like it or not, Google is our Internet Overlord. In many cases, they dictate what we see, hear and experience on the Internet. And in the past, they have intervened for the everyday computer user, protesting outrageous controls and censorship. Living a Google-free existence online is like taking a shower with your clothes on. At first, I was fairly disgusted with myself for capitulating so quickly to them. Like a caged animal, I looked feverishly for a way out.
There is no way out. They have their hook in me. My work and personal life lives in Googleland, in email and documents. Our company calendar keeps track of Director's meetings and functions...it keeps me on track regardless of where I am. Important documents are stored there...part of our three tier backup plan.
I have gotten used to what I consider to be an absence of features in Chrome. I waste an entire tab on search results instead of being able to use a search box. The jammed-together tabs and URL bar are an annoyance I live with. I must exert myself greatly to move the cursor to the slide bar to navigate my web pages.....
because it's 2013. We have two rovers on Mars and Cancer is becoming a maintenance disease. Information that was formally available to a given few is now open to anyone with access to a computer and internet. But yet, after all of these accomplishments...
mouse gestures in Chrome still suck.
I'm seeing a world where Google is not only our vehicle to travel the Information Highway...they may or may not be our toll gates as well. I've come to live with that.
Because in the end...what good is a browser if it can't do its job? Eventually, Firefox fails me shortly after a fresh install and I end up installing Chrome anyway. I no longer include Firefox on Reglue computers.
I haven't learned to love Chrome...but only to coexist with it. It's the best option available to me at this time.
And Flash, as evil as it is.....
Still works with Chrome.