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Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed

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    Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed


    Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed, ease of use and more

    Browsers largely look and act the same: They render HTML in multiple tabs or separate windows, let you bookmark pages, support HTTP and FTP file transfer, or offer private browsing (no data is stored). Deep inside each one, however, are operational differences that may or may not fulfill your needs.

    Opera had a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for being fast, but not rendering all pages correctly. A switch from a proprietary HTML layout engine to free and widely-used WebKit (currently version 537 as with Chrome) has made that a thing of the past.

    Internet Explorer has a history of being exploited by bad guys, both because of its immense popularity and its ActiveX technology. Give Microsoft credit: It’s doggedly improved the Trident layout engine, adopted standards, and improved security. IE is no longer something I advise users to avoid.

    Firefox is a longtime worthy IE competitor, and Chrome’s a strong newcomer. As Safari was installed with iTunes for years, many Windows users have it, but have never tried it—possibly because Apple has never given it a truly Windows-like look.

    I’ll be comparing browser performance and resource usage as well as features and ease of use.
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    I used Opera for years and indeed found it to be quite fast. But the page-rendering issue you mentioned, along with the general arrogance of its developers and fanboys, eventually caused me to ditch it for Firefox. Maybe I'll give it another look.
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    I've dabbled with most of the browsers on an off for a number of years and I've never really experienced one that was noticeable faster than another. I've setting on Google Chrome as I like the bookmark sync feature a lot. On my Mac i use Safari as it's much easier on the battery...chrome indeed seemed to be quite the memory hog.
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    I decided to use Avant Browser as it seems to have something like the best of all worlds.
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    For modern systems, I prefer Pale Moon (an off-shoot of Firefox with an x64 build that's quite reliable). I also like SeaMonkey, and find it quick on Puppy Linux and Windows.
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    I'm using Pale Moon (64 bit).

    IMO, all the main browsers need to be rebuilt (i.e. "start again from scratch").
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    I'm using Pale Moon (64 bit).

    IMO, all the main browsers need to be rebuilt (i.e. "start again from scratch").
    Is Pale Moon included in that list? I only ask because what would re-engineering the browsers accomplish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    I'm using Pale Moon (64 bit).

    IMO, all the main browsers need to be rebuilt (i.e. "start again from scratch").
    Is Pale Moon included in that list? I only ask because what would re-engineering the browsers accomplish?
    Pale Moon would have to be re-engineered (or forked) if Firefox was rebuilt.

    Browsers (like other software) probably still contain legacy code, which might not be efficient when used with the newer web standards.

    Take extensions in Firefox as an example.
    I have multiple profiles (one profile can't cope with all of my Bookmarks and History).
    You should be able to have "Global" add-ons and personal ones.

    For example, you should be able to install NoScript as a "Global" add-on and all profiles would include it by default.
    It would need "Global" preferences and additional profile-based ones (cascading permissions and options).
    You should only have to update the "Global" add-on once, instead of having to do it (or allow it) in every profile.

    I try to avoid using IE and Chrome as much as possible (difficult since I'm currently studying web design).
    People who use those browsers could probably suggest improvements that should be incorporated in them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    IMO, all the main browsers need to be rebuilt (i.e. "start again from scratch").
    You going to pay for it or do the changes yourself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    IMO, all the main browsers need to be rebuilt (i.e. "start again from scratch").
    You going to pay for it or do the changes yourself?
    1. Apple, Google & MS have plenty of cash.
    2. Not my job.
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