Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 10:16 UTC
Google A new report from StatCounter says Chrome's popularity now edges out Firefox. It says Chrome has a 25.69% share of the global browser market while Firefox claims 25.23%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still #1 with a 40.63% share. If true, Google has pulled off quite a feat with a browser they only introduced in late 2008. StatCounter claims to measure browser use rather than just downloads.
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RE: I am back to Firefox
by lucas_maximus on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 18:42 UTC in reply to "I am back to Firefox"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

FF8 has not yet crashed for me once.


No it doesn't crash but it has some odd bugs, Firefox now aggressively caches certain pages (including forms), yesterday for example I was logging into phpMyAdmin and I typed the user name in wrong ... even though corrected it, it would kept sending the incorrect username .. I verified this using Fiddler ... this is unacceptable.

Also Firefox will hang when loading a page for no apparent reason, pressing F5 again the page will load instantly (including fast sites like Google).

Chrome is simply the best browser out there at the moment. Less than 1GB tbh is an edge case that IMO isn't relevant anymore.

Firefox after 3.5 is a disaster. Many of my colleges at work (web development company), have dropped Firefox as their main browser, with most of the good extensions now in the Chrome store ... there isn't any compelling reasons not to use Chrome.

And besides I like the thought that my usage of FF supports a non profit instead of a rich US company.


Google funds Firefox's development.

Google don't care whether you are using Chrome or Firefox, as long as you don't use IE, because IE typically doesn't support all the newer web standards, which costs Google in terms of development time (why they are only supporting N-2 version of each web browser). So indirectly you are helping out a large US company.

Edited 2011-12-03 18:44 UTC

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RE[2]: I am back to Firefox
by jacquouille on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 22:17 in reply to "RE: I am back to Firefox"
jacquouille Member since:
2006-01-02

Google funds Firefox's development.


This is completely wrong, but not the first time I've seen this myth being propagated.

The truth is that Google and Mozilla Corp. have a revenue sharing program around search. This is a contract between two commercial entities, there is no "funding" here.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

This is completely wrong, but not the first time I've seen this myth being propagated.

The truth is that Google and Mozilla Corp. have a revenue sharing program around search. This is a contract between two commercial entities, there is no "funding" here.


You are splitting hairs, either way Mozilla gets cash from Google for using it as the default search engine.

Edited 2011-12-04 00:22 UTC

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