Netscape - > Mozilla Firefox vs. Internet Explorer vs. the world

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    May 25, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    Netscape Navigator was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_wars) . By the end of 2006, the usage share of Netscape browsers had fallen, from over 90% in the mid 1990s, to less than 1%.

    January 1998 was also the month that Netscape started the open source Mozilla project. Netscape publicly released the source code of Netscape Communicator 4.0 in the hopes that it would become a popular open source project. It placed this code under the Netscape Public License, which was similar to the GNU General Public License but allowed Netscape to continue to publish proprietary work containing the publicly released code.

    The Firefox project began as an experimental branch of the Mozilla project by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross. They believed the commercial requirements of Netscape's sponsorship and developer-driven feature creep compromised the utility of the Mozilla browser.

    During the years the market share of Mozilla Firefox has grown while IE was falling. The latest reports look like this (as seen at http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp):

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    Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer; abbreviated to MSIE or, more commonly, IE), is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995 and it has been the most widely used untill year 2009.

    Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by the Opera Software company. Opera handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds. Opera is offered free of charge for personal computers and mobile phones, but for other devices it must be paid for.

    The Opera Software company claims that Opera is "the fastest browser on Earth".[21] One set of third-party speed tests concluded that Opera 9.5 was indeed faster than Internet Explorer 7 and prerelease versions of Firefox 3 and Safari 3.[22] Technology website ZDNet's speed tests showed that out of Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3, and pre-release versions of Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5, Opera is the fastest in some areas, but the only browser that Opera clearly outperformed was Internet Explorer.

    Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. First released as a public beta on January 7, 2003[1] on the company's Mac OS X operating system, it became Apple's default browser beginning with Mac OS X v10.3, commonly known as "OS X Panther." Apple has also made Safari the native browser for the iPhone OS.

    Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google and based on the WebKit layout engine and application framework. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers

    Personaly I changed to Firefox like 5 years ago and since then I've been testing new versions of Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer and recently Google Chrome. Yet none of them showed up to the capabilities of Firefox and its addons. What browser you like most?
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    May 25, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    I like the feel of Safari a bit better than Firefox on my Mac, especially with the beta Version 4 I'm currently using. This is the first browser where I enjoy using tabs.

    But Firefox has other features I like for certain tasks, especially working with video clips. And Firefox seems to accept more plug-ins easier than Safari does.
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    May 25, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    I think the plugins are one of the main advantages Firefox has in front of its competitors. I really like Google Chrome because its a brand new ideea under the user interface and its a brilliant one. Unfortunately its still at the beginning and I really depend on Firefoxs plugins to do my work and all the surfing.

    I like Safari because of its simplicity (everything from Apple seem to be simple, elegant and easy to use). Also I like Opera, but both cant compare with Firefox when it comes ti plugins and addons.
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    May 25, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    Vestrum saidI think the plugins are one of the main advantages Firefox has in front of its competitors. I really like Google Chrome because its a brand new ideea under the user interface and its a brilliant one. Unfortunately its still at the beginning and I really depend on Firefoxs plugins to do my work and all the surfing.

    I like Safari because of its simplicity (everything from Apple seem to be simple, elegant and easy to use). Also I like Opera, but both cant compare with Firefox when it comes ti plugins and addons.

    You summarize my own experiences with these browsers exactly. It's the simplicity of Safari Beta Version 4 that makes it my daily-use browser on my Mac.
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    May 25, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    My main browser is Firefox because the extensions add so much to the user experience. I also have three different versions of Opera installed (6,8, and 9), which I use to read Yahoo groups, with each version logged into Yahoo with a different Yahoo ID. On my Macbook, I used Safari exactly once: to download Firefox.
  • GQjock

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    May 25, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    I used to use Explorer but it was so damned targeted by spyware
    I changed to Firefox
    and it seems to be working fine
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    May 25, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    talking about spyware ... I think the last version of Firefox its the safest way to surf the web at this moment.
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    May 25, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    I like firefox for the reasons you already mention. I like the fact that I can use the same browser no matter what operating system I am on .. windows, linux, BSD, etc ..

    Speaking of linux, an interesting fact about safari is that it comes from Linux/KDE:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_(web_browser)Safari uses Apple's WebKit for rendering web pages and running JavaScript. WebKit consists of WebCore (based on Konqueror's KHTML engine) and JavaScriptCore (based on KDE's JavaScript engine named KJS). Like KHTML and KJS, WebCore and JavaScriptCore are free software and are released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. Some Apple improvements to the KHTML code are merged back into the Konqueror project. Apple also releases additional code under an open source 2-clause BSD-like license.
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    May 25, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    I'm a Firefox fan.
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    May 25, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    I've been using FireFox for a few months (replaced IE) - and I just installed the 'adblock plus' add-on. No more of those annoying animated ads. Brilliant.
  • dantoujours

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    May 25, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    I have tried them all but the love Firefox with the TabMixPlus, AdBlock, NoScript, IE plugins.
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    May 25, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    also Mac O.S. is build on unix, so its no wonder that safari its based also on open source.

    Google Chrome its build on open cource code from Mozilla Firefox and other browsers, of course.. with major core changes. I think Google Chrome will get a lot more popular in the near future. But still its very difficult to beat Firefox.

    have you seen the Aurora concept browser made in Mozillas Labs?

    you should take a look at this icon_smile.gif

    Aurora (complete video without commentary) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.



    See the rest of Aurora videos on vimeo http://vimeo.com/1347289
  • momewrath

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    May 25, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    I use Chrome 99% of the time. Plugins of Firefox just bog everything down most of the time, even if there *are* some nice, useful ones out there. If a site doesn't work on Chrome, I'll switch to Firefox. I only use IE on the very rare occasion that a site doesn't work in anything else (a few IE-only plugins out there...).

    Thankfully, Chrome will have the plugin ability soon enough. So, you're not going to have to wait forever for that.
  • somedaytoo

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    May 25, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    The newly released IE 8 blows away all other browsers in recent comparison studies.
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    May 26, 2009 8:55 AM GMT
    momewrath: I agree with you, if Chrome would have the plugins and addons Firefox has..would be by far the best browser outhere.
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    May 26, 2009 9:31 AM GMT
    I used to be in love with Firefox 2/3 (but had my occasional Opera affair), and switched full time to it when Firefox 3 was finished. But yes, as others have said: the extensions make it a very bloated browser and even without them it noticeably runs slower than Opera and (gasp!) Internet Explorer 8.

    I am a Google Chrome fan! Is the most practical, lighter, simpler, better looking, innovative browser out there, and in my book the best thing out of Google since, well, Google the search engine itself.

    While I do most of my work in my laptop, in my office I still have an old Pentium IV with less than 1GB in RAM. Firefox there was slow, Internet Explorer 7 was hopeless, Opera was acceptable but Chrome... wow. I wonder how they did it so fast. On a side note, Chrome is helping to deepen my dislike of Flash content. Whenever Flash crashed in IE7 or Firefox it would bring down the whole browser with all the tabs and I would never quite know who the culprit was. With Chrome only the plug-in (or tab) in question fails and now I know just HOW much lousy Flash content makes the plug-in fail (And yes, IE8 does more or less the same).

    Even some of my friends and members of my family who are utterly resistant to change ("why would I download another browser!? What a waste of space! I have the one that comes with windows!" icon_rolleyes.gif ) have fell in love with it. Heck, my brother in law keeps installing it in all of our extended family computers and he used to hate using anything other than IE for "simplicity's sake".
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    May 26, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    i guess google always will make a difference icon_smile.gif
  • rvdredrocks

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    May 26, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI used to use Explorer but it was so damned targeted by spyware
    I changed to Firefox
    and it seems to be working fine


    This has also been my experience. Before I changed to Firefox my PC was completely overtaken by spyware and I had to have my hard drive scrubbed. No problem with spyware or adware since I changed to Firefox
  • rvdredrocks

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    May 26, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI used to use Explorer but it was so damned targeted by spyware
    I changed to Firefox
    and it seems to be working fine
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    May 26, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Netscape was my choice. AOL killed Netscape. One of those big guy's buyin up the smaller better product line and then putting them outta business, thus hopefully making their product more popular. Haha, we all know how that always works out. Gonna upgrade to Firefox cause I've heard it's the closest to Netscape. I only use IE for my work pages...
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    May 26, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    steltom saidNetscape was my choice. AOL killed Netscape. One of those big guy's buyin up the smaller better product line and then putting them outta business, thus hopefully making their product more popular. Haha, we all know how that always works out. Gonna upgrade to Firefox cause I've heard it's the closest to Netscape. I only use IE for my work pages...


    Netscape founded Mozilla Project and they publicly released the source of Netscape Comunicator 4. This is the way Mozilla Firefox appeared in this world.

    Once Netscape was the first internet browser with an user interface.. they had 90% of the share market.. then Microfost killed Netscape with their sucky Internet Explorer.

    Now Netscape gets its revenge in 2009 but overtaking Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox..which lately has become the most used browser on Earth. In a way or another Netscape has got back to number 1.