I use #qutebrowser—and I love it from a user perspective.
But, since Microsoft announced the end of EdgeHTML, I've been wondering if I'm contributing to the browser-engine monoculture—after all, qutebrowser is, ultimately, based on Chromium. On the other hand, I'm keeping the actual browser market more diverse than if I switched to Firefox…
What do y'all think—is it better to use non-Blink browsers these days? If so, what's the best (esp. with vim keys)?
CC @the_compiler (qutebrowser dev)
@codesections [context: I use FF Nightly on all my devices]
I don't see an issue with Chromium - If Google try and do something evil, things can always be forked.
What concerns me more than Blink dominance is EME - Browser vendors have to ship a binary blob to support it. At least it's standardized and you don't have to install a billion browser plugins nowadays, though.
@half_cambodian_hacker_man @codesections what about the fact that they (Google) break their own sites so that they perform poorly in non-Blink browsers? If YouTube loads fast in Chrome but not in Edge or Firefox, that's a dark pattern to drive users to use Chrome.
The other thing is more and more sites outright breaking in non-Blink browsers because they only test for Chrome compliance. That would suck for the browser market.
I never said performance was unusable. I am however saying that Google's actions is an unacceptable use of their market position.
They provide some of the largest websites in the world *and* the most popular browser, and they've repeatedly shown what they think of user privacy (hint: not very much).
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