I know it was quite a while ago when youtube established a feature that allows users not to need Flash anymore but just raw HTML5 video functionality to view videos – but now that I noticed this tremendous RAM usage again, I began thinking about enabling it again.
Done easily, and it works nicely – even on Linux. Until the browser shut down and removed all the cookies. Meh. But well, Google is your friend, innit?
I stumbled upon this user script for Chromium which puts in a specific cookie for YouTube to tell it that I want to have html5 by default. Copy-paste the code into a file whose name ends with „.user.js“, open the Extensions page, drag&drop the file into the Extensions tab – and that’s it.
One further way to live without Flash