Browser Wars: End of August 2012 Edition

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TrollBot5000

Oh yeah I forgot to mention as far as Chrome's privacy issues are concerned there's also Comodo's Dragon browser. Based on chrome with security in mind.

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TrollBot5000

I've been waiting for another browser article to throw in my most up-to-date 2 cents. Let's break it down shall we? Let's start with IE. IE doesn't need an explanation as to why it has the market share that it does (or did). IE can't render pages worth a damn and is the most susceptible to exploits. Verdict: Crap. Now let's move on to Chrome. For awhile I had slow loading issues that I thought was attributed to chrome itself but found out later it was comcast's horrible dns servers. A quick change to opendns quickly resolved any slow loading issues with Chrome and FF. So basically my opinion of Chrome is that is a fast and stable browser that's perfectly capable of all browsing needs BUT I'm concerned with google's privacy issues tracking the user's every mouse click. And yes I use Ghostery. Supposedly the open source chromium is stripped of tracking but I have no idea how to compile from code to use it on windows. Verdict: Fast minimalist powerhouse of a browser but has privacy concerns. Not as trustworthy with user privacy as it's source app Chromium. Now on to Firefox. As of now I'm using Waterfox 15. The 64bit variant of FF. I highly recommend anyone with a 64 bit machine (which is just about everyone now) to install waterfox on top of Firefox. It uses the same profile as FF so you don't have to reconfigure anything. I've noticed faster HTML5 benchmarks with WF as opposed to 32bit FF. Verdict: It's Firefox. It's constantly improving although some would argue it's playing catchup to chrome but I can tell you iv'e noticed more adobe "aw snap" crash messages with chrome than FF. It's fast stable has all the addons you could ever want. It's the defacto browser for linux. Yeah it's my personal fave.
On to the honorably mentioned OPERA. First off Opera kicks ass. Even when I was using comcast's abysmally slow default dns servers it loaded pages faster than Chrome or FF. The only gripe I have is the lack of addons. The addons library just flat out fails in comparison to mozilla's or chromes web store. Verdict: Superb browser worth taking a look at but not so great addons. Works on Linux.
As far as Safari goes I don't have enough experience with it to comment but from what I've read its not that good on windows. Who cares anyway? If you're running Windows or Linux chances are you aren't using Safari. So leave Safari's market share to the macheads.

#Waterfox

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acidic

why would you need to compile the source for chromium ? it is ready for download along with comodo dragon browser at majorgeeks.com

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btdog

Personally, I've used Firefox since it was in beta; I've got most of family using it (one refuses to abandon AOL. Go figure :\)

Anyways, I've never been a big fan of the minimalistic Chrome interface. I'm especially reluctant to use it since I have to log in to use it now.

I will admit I've been having some issues with Adobe functionality in Firefox lately, but I've run Secunia's PSI and it seems to have updated all the necessary programs. I don't have the issues anymore. So, for now, I'm sticking with Firefox.

I did notice on Steam 63% of surveyed users have Firefox; just over 11% had Google Chrome.

http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

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skinwalker00

I'm using Chrome right now and I didn't have to "log in" to use it. The log on feature is nice if you use a bunch of different computers/devices. It basically syncs your favorites and other stuff to all devices. However, the point is that you do not HAVE to use it...

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warptek2010

One of the things I like about Chrome (tho I primarily use FireFox) is it's ability to install itself without the user having administrative credentials (some may find that sinister. I recognize the implications). At my job where surfing the internet is frowned upon, the only browser option is IE7 or IE8 depending on the workstation. Both browsers are complete garbage and refuse to render anything properly without locking until pages finish loading. So I downloaded and installed Chrome with just simple user rights.

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boidsonly

If you want a rude awakening, download Opera and install the plug-in called Ghostery. Configure it to block all tracking of your surfing.
You will never use Chrome again after seeing what Chrome installs/tracks.
I have never had to delete a cookie from my PC since using the above combination.
I am not pushing Opera. I AM suggesting you will find another browser to use other than Chrome...

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pastorbob

I'm not surprised that Chrome has gained ground given the sneaky way it is being pushed upon the unsuspecting. For example, the latest update to Adobe Flash Player automatically defaults to downloading, installing Chrome and making it the default browser (along with Google Toolbar). I suspect there are other "updates" to other addons and software that does this as well. Many of us know to watch for these little tricks since a lot of freeware employs the same tatics. But there is a large portion of the average users who will not catch it and wind up using Chrome simply because it has been forced upon them.

I guess they need to do whatever they can to gain market share. But I am staying with IE.

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elfsun

I don't care which one is on the top or second/third. I just care about the experience the browsers give me.
Have tried many browsers in the past few year, still like three browsers: chrome, firefox and Avant browser. All said chrome is the fastest, but I didn't notice any big difference among the three browser.firefox and chrome, they are both fast and stable, that's what I like. As to Avant, it's very special, with three engines which may save me a lot of time when dealing with the problem some pages have. What I need to do is switching a engine for that tab. It's also useful when comparing a page in different engines.

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maxeeemum

After reading this maybe Windows 7 has not passed XP in OS use. I read awhile back that if you include China XP is still the most used OS world wide.

Newest poll if you chose to believe it.

http://www.netmarketshare.com/2012/09/01/Windows-7-Passes-XP-to-Become-the-World-s-Leading-Operating-System

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Meat_Juice

Amazes me that so many can do without the incredible customization potential of Firefox. Surprised it doesn't enjoy a greater market share.

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livebriand

I wouldn't be surprised if some people are forced to use IE at work, and some simply don't know (or care) about the alternatives.

Personally, I've found Chrome to be best - it has plenty of good addons (even if it's slightly behind Firefox), and it's MUCH faster than the others. IE, however, is just a piece of junk - not standards compliant, no good addons, and it's not as fast as IE. (Firefox is the slowest though)

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gmvolk

I guess the whole point than is don't trust data tracking web sites because depending on how you skew the data(or who pays for it!) you'll get different results. Personally, use what you want to use and don't care if your using the "#1" browser. If your happy with what you got, great, at least we have the choice to use what we want and are not just stuck with one browser. That's whats great about choices, we all have them and can use what we want.

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Baer

A percentage of Chrome users do not even know how they got it and are ambivalent. Many of them think they are still using IE8 or 9. I run a computer help lab for Seniors and the #1 complaint I hear is :Where did this Google Tool Bar and this Chrome thing come from" Of course they got it by taking the typical install on a download of an update to Acrobat reader or some other free software. Once we show them how to remove it and how to avoid it the are happy.
Not that either of these things are evil but just do not think that everyone who has it wants it.

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gmvolk

I agree with chrome hijacking systems. I was fixing up some PC's at work the other day and noticed Chrome was installed. Asked the lady if she uses it and shes like "whats chrome?" Not sure if it actually changed the default browser or not. It seems to get installed with lots of downloads lately, and sometimes without even warning you. What I hate about chrome, and most google apps, is the google updater thats constantly running even when the app is not. Plus, the google update keeps putting itself back in the startup. In seems to run from various places like the services and in the windows scheduler.

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don2041

The results from these datatrackers varies according to who hired them. Slightly rewording questions or looking at data from a different angle will change the results.

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