Which internet browser?

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  1. Neil Joseph

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    I have just about had it with internet explorer and its holes. So, I have used Firefox a little, as well as a couple of other less funcional browsers. Which is the browser that I should be looking at that is fairly functional and safe/secure?
     
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    What did you find less functional about Firefox?

    You might also try Opera as another option.
     
  3. Neil Joseph

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    I meant I tried a couple of other less functional browsers, not that Firefox was one of those.
     
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    Firefox should be fine.
     
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    I love Firefox! [​IMG]
     
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    Go with Firefox. Make sure to look through their wide variety of extensions .

    IE is for chumps. [​IMG]
     
  7. Neil Joseph

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    I installed Fiewfox and also Thunderbird for my e-mail program.

    Thanks
     
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    I still prefer Opera to Firefox.

    Firefox is better at rendering pages, though, and it probably is faster at doing that too when you turn on pipelining and tweak it a little. Adding some extensions to it can further make it almost a match for Opera in usability... but still not quite.

    Opera still edges it out in several usability issues for me, primarily based on keyboard control. There are tons of keyboard shortcuts in Opera, and then there is a more nebulous thing too... a, to me, very important feeling of "solidity" to Opera.

    For instance, I can fairly reliably hop from separate text entry boxes with tab in Opera, even when loading pages etc, without first having to think about whether or not Opera is still loading a page or something. This is very nice as I have dropped search fields in the Opera toolbars for several search engines; Google, Google Groups and even a find-in-page that is instantly accessible.

    With Firefox, I frequently find my cursor hopping around all over the place when typing in a web page address. Suddenly I'm typing in the search text box instead of the address bar and I sure didn't move the cursor, it just hopped there after Firefox finished loading the page it was working on when I started typing in a web URL.

    For most people, this is not even an issue, but it is for me.

    Also, you really have to try in Opera to make Opera open a whole new browser window, whereas in Firefox I still find myself creating a new window instead of a new tab (which annoys me no end) on occasion.

    The user interface (not the rendering, but the actual operation of the browser itself) still feels more sluggish and less responsive in Firefox.

    Opera basically never gets in the way or makes me wait for it. I'm a fast typist and tend to type in often used addresses rather frequently. In Opera, I can just hit ctrl-n and it always pops up a new tab and immediately places the cursor on the address bar, so I can just keep typing without even looking and know once I've entered the URL and hit enter, the page will load.

    As I said, little things, but important to me.
     
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    For me it's Firefox.

    Will never go back to IE.

    (although they say Microsoft is planning
    to release a browser that could put Firefox
    out of business).
     
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    Firefox 100%. Ron, I would not be to worried about a new IE killing firefox. The new IE 7.0 seems to only run under XPSP2, and it will still use technologies like activeX and VBScript, which, no matter what they do, are huge security holes.
     
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    Firefox 1.01. Great tool, excellent 3rd party plugin support.
     
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    There is one problem with that -- Firefox is "open source" and not commercial software. Therefore, there is no "business" for Firefox to be "put out of". [​IMG]
     
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    How can you put the firefox icon in the system tray like you could with mozilla, or can't you?
     
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    Bingo.
     
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    firefox all the way
     
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    Firefox for PC, Netfront for PPC, and Netfront for Nokia phone. [​IMG]
     
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    If you want less bulk in your browsers, you might want to give

    Slim Browser
    or
    K-Meleon a try.

    I've never tried Slim Browswer, but have used K-Meleon a bit. K-Meleon is a Gecko browser, so it's very similar to Mozilla Firefox. I still prefer the ease of Firefox, but if I had a slower PC, I'd use K-Meleon.
     

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