Browser Wars

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fireside 141 Oct 07, 2013 at 12:39

I just tried out Firefox after using Chrome for ages, and it seems to run faster. I don’t know if it’s because the viruses haven’t found it yet, or it’s actually faster underneath. I read somewhere that they improved their javascript engine quite a bit, but that wouldn’t account for things like my flash movies and netscape movies are also running better. I have a very low end connection so everything matters. Anyone else notice it? I was kind of excited to try WebGL, which is supposed to be a little faster on Firefox, but mostly nothing runs on my laptop. Chrome runs almost everything, so that was a disappointment.

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Stainless 151 Oct 07, 2013 at 14:23

The best browser I have worked on was the Netfront browser, but it’s not a PC / Mac based browser, mainly for embedded devices.

Chrome is far better than IE, but I’ve not really used Firefox.

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fireside 141 Oct 07, 2013 at 19:44

I guess IE is a lot better than the boat anchor it used to be, but I refuse to use it. The only time I use it is to download a decent browser. That’s what happens when you win a lawsuit that says you can tie a browser to an OS. They have sped it up, but they still don’t support things like WebGl, etc. They’ve always been the stick in the mud of open standards.

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geekymonkey 103 Oct 08, 2013 at 18:30

IE11 actually has better webgl support than Firefox. http://caniuse.com/#search=webgl

Microsoft were late to appreciating standards, but they’re there with gusto recently.

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fireside 141 Oct 08, 2013 at 18:54

Hmm. That pretty much seals it for WebGL becoming the 3d standard.

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Nick 102 Oct 09, 2013 at 19:07

Can you call it “better” WebGL support if IE11 only runs on Windows 8 while FireFox supports WebGL on any platform with DirectX 9-class hardware? Also, that page doesn’t seem to be taking WebGL conformance results into account: https://www.khronos.org/registry/webgl/conformance-suites/1.0.2/webgl-conformance-tests.html

For the record, I’m a developer of ANGLE (https://code.google.com/p/angleproject/) and SwiftShader (http://updates.html5rocks.com/2012/02/SwiftShader-brings-software-3D-rendering-to-Chrome).

Microsoft is late to the game so I doubt their WebGL implementation will truly be better any time soon, if ever.

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TheNut 179 Oct 09, 2013 at 02:44

I’ve always been a Firefox user since the beginning simply because they know how to build and package software properly for Linux. Their plugins are also superior and I still think Firebug is the best JavaScript debugger out there. I would have given that credit to Microsoft’s Visual Studio, unfortunately it only works with IE. Given that IE now supports WebGL however, I may start using that as my debug environment to make it quick and seamless.

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Vilem_Otte 117 Oct 09, 2013 at 17:23

No one loves Opera? Besides I’ve been doing some web-site jobs from time to time, so currently I have whole list of browsers installed (different IEs on different machines, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Konqueror, Safari, Rekonq, Epiphany and minimalistic ones Links and Lynx).

My personal favourite is though Opera.