Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 17:04 UTC
In the News NetApplications has released its latest browser market share figures, and these figures show that Chrome has overtaken Safari as the number three browser worldwide, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. IE, by the way, continues to lose popularity rather fast.
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phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

I know my preference for Firefox probably stems from the fact I've been using it since the pre-1.0 betas.


Is that preference or bias? ;) Perhaps Stockholm Syndrome has set in? ;)

I've used Firefox since the Phoenix/Firebird/name-of-the-week times, and find myself liking it less with each release.

The process-per-tab and the plug-in isolation is nice, but I honestly cannot remember the last time Flash actually crashed FF in Windows or Linux.


I have to restart Firefox at least once a week to due locked up Flash and Java sites. It's irritating, since these are sites I have to access for work, and I usually have 5-20 tabs open during the day at work. With Chrome, I only lose 1 tab instead of all tabs. Firefox's auto-save/restore feature doesn't always save things correctly.

And the V8 engine IS fast, but if your computer is new enough (like, the last 5+ years), then you really won't notice much of a difference between engines. At least I don't... But perhaps I'm not using sites that are extremely js heavy. GMail works just as smoothly in Chrome as in FF from my experience.


I would say you're not using JS-heavy sites (GMail isn't all that heavy). Try using Zimbra with a 1+ GB mail store, 80+ folders, with a couple thousand message per folder. You'll find using Firefox 3.5 to be very hard ... after you've used Chrome 4.x to do the same. ;) FF 3.5 seems fast ... until you realise just how slow it actually is in comparison to Chrome and even Safari.

No accounting for some peoples tastes ;)


Presicely. ;)

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

lol, nice comeback ;)

As I stated, *I* do not use JS heavy websites, so I do not notice the speed difference. I prefer lighter sites ;) Like for work email, we use Pine which is extremely fast and works pretty darn well ;)

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Our Director of IT finally gave up Pine (via SSH) this year. He managed to hang onto it through upgrades/migration to three different mail systems. But, the shared content features of Zimbra finally won him over. ;)

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Chrome(ium) works with Zimbra? Hmm...when did that start? Just before xmas it worked less than stellar with our Zimbra (granted it's not upgraded to 1.6 yet).

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I've been using Chromium and Google Chrome to access Zimbra Network Edition 5.0.x since ... October-ish? Around there. For the first month-ish, I had to keep swtiching between Chrom[e|ium] and FF for some things. However, by November, I was using Google Chrome full-time for Zimbra access. It's just so much faster compared to FF. Especially on Linux.

My only beef with Chrom[e|ium] is that clicking on a PDF or .doc or whatnot causes the file to be downloaded and saved, and then opened in the associated app. Which clutters up the downloads directory, as nothing is ever deleted.

Konqueror, Firefox, etc all save the file with a random name to a temp folder, and the file is deleted when the app closes. Which is great for things like PDFs that just get read, maybe printed.

Now, I have to go through my downloads directory once a week to clean out all the crap. ;)

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