Last week we showed Opera 10.60 to be the world's fastest Web browser. That was in the Windows world. But where do Chrome, Firefox, and Opera stand in Linux? Today we find out. Adding the Win 7 results, we'll also learn which OS has the speediest browser.
Alright folks. Today we have a special treat for you. The last two Web Browser Grand Prix stories received tons of reader-based feedback. But the comments in the first article resounded one question more loudly than the others: what about browser performance in Linux?
Ah, that's a good one.
Hot on the heels of Web Browser Grand Prix 2, we bring you The Linux Circuit. Using the exact same test system that we employed last time, we installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and the three major cross-platform Web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. Not only will be be declaring a winning Linux-based browser, but we'll also be comparing the results to those generated under Windows 7. Because the top three performers in Windows 7 happen to be Opera, Chrome, and Firefox, we can declare a winner that spans both platforms as well.
Less than a week later, hindsight shows the decision to disqualify Opera as the right call. We have since contacted the three parties involved: Mozilla (author of the Dromaeo benchmarks), Opera, and Google. Below is an excerpt from a statement made by Mozilla's vice president of engineering, Mike Shaver:
Google brought this bug to our attention and requested that we fix the test. We agreed to, since it was clearly not testing anything useful. That test fix was completed last week. (In the interim they added specific code to V8 to also "game" that aspect of the benchmark, for competitive reasons.
With this brouhaha behind us, and without further delay, let the benchmarking begin!
- System Specs, Setup, And Methodology
- Benchmark Results: Startup Times
- Benchmark Results: Page Load Times
- Benchmark Results: DOM And Peacekeeper
- Benchmark Results: HTML5
- Benchmark Results: Flash
- Benchmark Results: Java And Moonlight
- Benchmark Results: Memory Usage
- Benchmark Results: Memory Management
- Benchmark Results: Standards Testing
- Final Results: Linux Placing