Browser Wars

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.

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.

geekymonkey 103 Oct 08, 2013 at 18:30

IE11 actually has better webgl support than Firefox.

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

fireside 141 Oct 08, 2013 at 18:54

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

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:

For the record, I’m a developer of ANGLE ( and SwiftShader (

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

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.

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.