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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2021, 07:18:56 am »
I have been using Brave for about a week now, and I really like it. So far I've seen no downside to switching from FF to Brave, and this morning I discovered one upside. My desktop environment is Gnome, and there is an extension called Gnome Shell Extensions that I have been using to add and update Gnome extensions like Force Quit, Recent Items and Lock Keys. Each of these puts an icon in my menubar, and I can control and implement them from that icon. At some point recently, Gnome Shell Extensions stopped working in FF. I learned this morning that it was because FF in Ubuntu is now a Snap package. Brave is not, and I found it was easy to install Gnome Shell Extensions in Brave. I'm happy to have it back. Incidentally, you can install this in Chrome and even MS Edge. There is probably a way to install a non-Snap version of FF in Ubuntu; I haven't looked into that.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2021, 08:06:14 am »
Thanks for the info, Fox.
I have also been now using Brave as my main browser, since the Opera browser for Linux, no longer players video clips from any websites that I go to (the Opera browser for Android, does still play video clips).
Brave does not have some features that I like and use on the Opera browser but it is as quick as the Opera browser.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2021, 06:56:53 am »
This morning I found a rendering flaw in Brave that is not present in Firefox. You can see it when accessing The Weather Network. Look at the 7 day forecast and you'll see that the rows don't line up properly. Look at the same site on Firefox, and the rows do line up correctly. I have noticed this regularly and I initially thought that The Weather Network was doing something wrong on their website. What would cause this?
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2021, 08:35:26 am »
The rows looked lined up to me, using the Brave browser and Mint 20.1
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2021, 01:33:17 pm »
This morning I found a rendering flaw in Brave that is not present in Firefox. You can see it when accessing The Weather Network. Look at the 7 day forecast and you'll see that the rows don't line up properly. Look at the same site on Firefox, and the rows do line up correctly. I have noticed this regularly and I initially thought that The Weather Network was doing something wrong on their website. What would cause this?

They look fine to me, too. I often access The Weather Network and I've never noticed what you're describing. Can you post a screenshot? Here's mine. I'm using Brave V1.31.91 on Linux Lite 5.6 which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 if that matters. Are you using any plugins? Have you changed any of your graphics (window manager, etc.) settings? I know you're saying it works in Firefox but Brave uses Chromium code so it probably has a different render engine.

Mr. Fleming, did you mean to attach a PDF?
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2021, 01:36:40 pm »
Try toggling hardware acceleration in Brave, perhaps. Also, did you adjust the security level in Brave? Try putting it back to Standard blocking or just turn off blocking to see if it makes any difference. I can see if there is an easy way to share my settings if you like.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2021, 03:37:34 pm »
Attached is a picture of the Weather Network on Brave. You can see that the columns don't line up. Blocking was standard. Hardware acceleration was on, but turning it off made no difference. It's not a big deal as it is certainly readable. But strange and a bit annoying.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2021, 04:44:03 pm »
Very strange. I don't think it's related to Brave specifically since we aren't seeing that. One though, are you magnifying the page and if so, are you just enlarging fonts or the entire page? I always do the latter and perhaps the former does something weird in rendering.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2021, 04:54:13 pm »
I think I was onto something.

I was able to reproduce the problem by switching Font Size from Medium to Large. Did you do that or perhaps choose larger pixel size fonts under Customize Fonts? If the former, put the Font Size back to medium and if the latter, try to remember the size of the font but I think it's likely the first. See the attachment for where I'm talking about in Settings.

Enlarging fonts can mess with the layout because everything else may not scale proportionally. If you can't read the page, use the Page Zoom function. That does it proportionally.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2021, 04:55:59 pm »
You might already know about this, but you can also press Ctrl and use the scroll wheel to zoom the page in and out. I find I have to do it once in a while because the designers thoughtfully enlarged the layout to make it more readable.
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2021, 11:26:25 pm »
Bingo! Good detective work, Jason.  ;)
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Re: Firefox is slower and heftier than Brave
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2021, 11:55:50 pm »
Bingo! Good detective work, Jason.  ;)

Thanks! I'm glad it worked for you.
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