Long time Arkenfox user here. I love Firefox and have been using it for decades. However, the browsers has tons of issues compared to brave. So I am now wondering if I should use Brave as my main browser, I previously was using both browsers. Firefox as my personal browser which I log in to Youtube and Github and use privacy respecting sites and services like discuss.grapheneos.org or libreddit… And Brave, which for some reason I actually use more than Firefox, just because of site compatibility, grouptab and speed. Chromium grouptab is god sent when it comes to finding info and managing tabs which there is no way to achieve this in Firefox
So here is the thing, looking back, I basically use Firefox with Arkenfox as my primary browsers to look at privacy respecting sites and Brave which is inferior in fingerprint resistant for everything else, I also use Brave a lot more than Firefox. Under Fedora Linux, I find both of these browser are no where near perfect.
Firefox is just the best browser on Linux, arguably, hardware acceleration, gestures and my css theme which I have worked on for so long and Arkenfox. But it doesn’t have grouptab so my workflow takes a hard hit. Moreover, under Arkenfox which doesn’t let you type words then hit enter to search with your “default search engine”, makes it even harder to do any kind of info searching. I would have to navigate and choose a search engine every time under “this time, search with” I am not tech savy enough to know how to edit the user,js file to revert search behavior back to the way it is before and I have reached help which no one seems to know neither lol. I also find Firefox without Arkenfox unsuable, there is no container which adds more weakness to the already weaker site isolation. The strict mode tracking protection is inferior to brave. You have to manually edit the about:config to enhance it which Arkenfox does.
Now switching to Brave. Uncustomizable chromium, inferior compared to Arkenfox, my gestures don’t work besides scrolling, hardware acceleration is hit or miss. It even got UI issues because of 11px font under Linux, but it is “familiar”. My grouptab is back, Brave is fast and site compatibility. Grouptab is important to me because I open a lot of tabs, with Brave I can navigate through them easily. With Firefox, can only open 10 tabs max including 2 pinned before the UI get squished
So Firefox is a dying browser because partly Mozilla failed to keep up and Brave is a crypto browser that focus more on that that aspect than anything else
And now it makes me wonder. Firstly, I previously use my Firefox to access good sites and Brave for the bad ones, even though it is inferior to Arkenfox. Secondly, which browser should I daily drive now? I can’t really decide Firefox is dying browser which issues growing by the day, sites don’t work with it, it it slow or slower. I use a browser for speed or at least to access sites. I fear the Firefox situation only get worse. So let just embrace Chromium right? simple solution. But no, Brave, besides the UI issues with grouptab under all OSes, has bad Linux compatibility like most chrome-based browsers. How come MS Edge is the only good chrome browser on Linux?
This post is probably me saying how can I love Firefox back, if only there is grouptab similar to safari in Firefox and I know how to revert the old searching behavior