Let the browser wars commence...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TheMusicMan, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    recent news story I just read which bekons the start of another Browser war... which side are you on? Firefox for me all the way.

  2. matthetimp

    matthetimp Member

    Well as long as it'll be more protective against viruses and faster connection etc. go for it. If not what the point?
  3. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Definitely Firefox - why else would M$ have copied the tabbed browsing for IE7?
  4. backrowbloke

    backrowbloke Member

    Definately IE for me. Apart from the fact I don't like installing software for the sake of it (why have 2 browsers installed?) 99% of my work is development of portals and web based software for the corporate market where IE dominates.

    The only time I do use Firefox is to check public facing sites for compatability

    I've never had a problem running IE & tbh I'm non-fussed about the tabbed interface - I'm quite happy having multiple windows open

    My 10 cents worth.. :)
  5. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    I think it was Opera that started with the tabs first - a much underestimated browser.

    Still, I use Firefox and can't even use IE7 on my Linux machine (thankfully). It's not perfect and it's not as secure as people might be lead to believe, but it's better developed than IE and a much better browser (for me).

    Competition is good, though. It means better products for us.
  6. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    Downloaded Firefox last night, had a play. 20 minutes later have imported all IE stuff into Firefox and set as default browser.

    Fantastic stuff. Made me realise the genius of Bill Gates - become a market leader by 'convincing' the consumer that Microsoft is the only market.

    No going back for SuperMosh now - can't wait for the missus to go on the laptop though he he he
  7. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    If you've just got Firefox can I recommend a couple of plugins? (available from the Mozila site gratis);

    NoScript - stops Javascript on sites unless you say otherwise (for security)
    AdBlock Plus - stops pop-ups and other annoying ads
    IE Tab (for sites that don't like Firefox) - runs IE inside a tab.
    Temporary Inbox - if you want to register for something but don't want spam, creats an e-mail account that lives for 6 hours then vanishes, leaving nowhere to send the spam!
    Loads more on the site, too.
  8. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    I use IE purely because in Firefox, it won't let me scroll with my mousepad on the lappy. I've been thru all the settings and it just won't work. I do like the little bookmark buttons below the address bar on firefox.. but it's very annoyng that it won't scroll!
  9. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    most websites are created with internet explorer in mind. so it works better with a higher proportion of websites.
  10. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Which is true but odd, because Firefox (and Opera for that matter) are more W3C (the Net standard) compliant than IE is. It's just that IE is (still) more used cos it gets bundled with Windows.

    Similar to VHS vs Betamax, the best doesn't neccesarily win out...............
  11. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    I think comparing internet browsers is about as exciting as comparing washing machines, fridges or toasters. What's the fuss about?
  12. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Yet you could still be bothered to read the thread and even reply to it. :rolleyes:
  13. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    Perhaps I should start a "toaster wars" thread?
  14. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Each to their own I guess.........
  15. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I agree with Dyl here I'm afraid. You obviously care enough to spend time (1) reading the thread and (2) replying to it... even if that reply, like mine here, adds no value to the discussion... ah well...
  16. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    I was only asking a question. :(

    I realise that if you run a website then it's in your interests to make sure it runs OK on every browser. So when new browsers are released you're itching to get hold of them to make sure your website works on them. You test continually against all the available browsers and you get to know the quirks and foibles of each one, and you're familiar enough with them to have a favourite and a least-favourite.

    I'm just a consumer of the content - I use IE because it was on the machine when I bought it. I stick with what I know because I don't see any benefit of changing.

    So my question remains "what's to get excited about?". Why should I ditch IE and plump for something else?
  17. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    the true standard is that which is most used, not that which claims to be the standard. raising the spectre of W3C is a red herring, really.

    the choice is so simple - go with the flow or go with the minority. each has its advantages and adherents. noone can claim that either is inherently superior, nor that the choice itself is particularly interesting, it is the content that should matter (as BrianT so astutely observed).
  18. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Hi Bryan - thanks for replying. It's all a matter of opinion and personal preferences to be honest. Tabbed browsing was a feature I immediately liked when I first experienced FF, and at that time I decided to stick with it for a week and subsequently founf I very much liked using the product. It seems that this feature was noticed by MS as they too have added this into their latest borwser IE7.

    I also liked the ability to search for and add 'extensions' to Firefox - also something that MS spotted and did something about.

    Competition is good eh! it raises the bar.
  19. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    I currently use Firefox - mainly because I like the tabbed browsing - but also because IE 6 and below always seemed to be under constant security threats.
    I have started using IE 7 at work and whilst its better than IE6 I can't really get enthused about it . The tabbed browsing is a major plus, but has it got the security? I will wait until we see how secure it is before using it at home.

    We had to re-jig a couple of our programs (.aspx) at work as some web pages on our site wouldn't display correctly in IE7. So don't be suprised if you stumble across the odd funny if you upgrade.
  20. Di

    Di Active Member

    I'm with firefox and have just upgraded to the supposedly all singing, all dancing version 2.0. I'm told it's supposed to spell check your words and you type, but it does no such thing for me. :(

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