Back in 2008, I liked Chrome, somewhat, as it would open instantly. Opera took 8 seconds, Firefox took 45 seconds at that time.
I did notice 45 chrome.exe's in the process viewer, and usually one would crash every 5 minutes, making me close and reload at least one tab. Certainly, the speed on a single core machine was not what Opera of that day was.
Update, after forced update, soon Chrome would take all of my memory, when Opera would take under 400megs.
Then, I noticed it was pretty darn near impossible to control the cache location and size. This could only be set with a command line launch. But who only launches an application from on shortcut. Then all shortcuts constantly wipe out (in linux too), forcing me to spend days reconstructing each year a simple setting. Then, there is the Chrome extension HHHHELLLLLLL where some update is stuffed down our throat, complete with all the code typos and new bugs they introduce, then half the extensions/plugins are broken. You must re research them, and download a new compatible extension. Hey, if they knew how to make a functional browser that was not gelded out of the box, I would have no need for these extensions. Then, add the extensions, and the browser crashes often, because they aren't tested by the originating company.
Now, in last year, Chrome/chromium, not only crashes, but is causing read behind errors. I must reboot, scandisk, the entire machine (quad core xp with 4+ gigs ram) to regain the machine. If I don't use chrome, I NEVER get this error, so I know this is NOT a hard drive issue.
Then, yes, chrome in last 4 years, starts instantly. But, it can no longer pull any webpage for a minimum of 45 seconds.
All these complaints are true with both xp machines!!
So, excessive memory, constant chrome.exe crashes, too many parallel instances causing bottlenecks, impossibly slow startup time (beyond the scarecrow gui that does nothing), slower than Presto page rendering on old machines, lack of out of the box functionality, interminable extension research and readding, .... I am terrified of upgrading to newest Opera 20 +.
So, did they at least go single exe, or flounder in all the Chrome mistakes?