A wealth of browsers

Which Browser do You currently use the most?

  • IE7

    Votes: 4 20.0%
  • FireFox

    Votes: 10 50.0%
  • Opera

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Older IE

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Avant

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Slim Browser

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Maxthon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Safari, Mozilla, Netscape

    Votes: 3 15.0%
  • Other, not listed in choices

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other - Comment

    Votes: 1 5.0%

  • Total voters
    20

Tom

An Old Friend
Joined
Dec 6, 2004
Location
Gulf Coast
#1
Which Browser do YOU use the MOST?






Historically important browsers

In order of release:
Early browsers

Graphical


Layout Engines

The Trident layout engine was developed by Microsoft for use in the Windows version of their web browser, Internet Explorer.
The Gecko layout engine is developed by the Mozilla Foundation.
The KHTML layout engine is developed by the KDE project. WebKit is an open-source fork of that engine by Apple Inc..
The Presto layout engine is developed by Opera Software.
Browsers that use both Trident engine and Gecko engine include:
Trident-based browsers

Other software publishers have extended the functionality of Microsoft's Trident engine. The following browsers are all based on the Trident rendering engine:
Gecko-based browsers

KHTML and WebKit-based browsers

Presto based browsers

Browsers for the Java platform

Specialty browsers (current)

Browsers created for enhancements of specific browsing activities.
  • Flock (To enhance social networking, blogging, photosharing, and RSS newsreading)
  • Ghostzilla (Blends into the GUI to hide activity)
  • Songbird (software) (browser with advanced audio streaming features and built in media player with library.)
  • SpaceTime (Search the web in 3D)
  • Wyzo (A media browser that integrates BitTorrent like Opera's integrated BitTorrent)
Specialty browsers (discontinued)

Other browsers

Mobile browsers

See Microbrowser

Text-based

 

painkiller64

Avoid A Void
Joined
Sep 15, 2006
Location
kansas
#2
IE7 for me. personally never was too crazy about the other browsers. wont say i wouldnt try them but i like the look and feel of IE7 the most.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Joined
Mar 20, 2004
Location
Pennsylvania
#3
Work: IE6 (corporate standard)

Home: FF3

I hate Safari, have to use IE for work, and have played with Opera (also test with it), but, in the end, I always find myself going back to FireFox.
 

Tim

Creative Writer
Joined
Jan 16, 2005
Location
England
#4
Still forced to use IE7 for several things, but FF3 generally for everything.

Tried a load of other browsers after first trying Firefox and can't find anything as useful that isn't just a reskinned IE
 

Webster

The Red Tarheel
Joined
Dec 7, 2007
Location
Morganton, NC
#7
Internet Explorer 7 most of the time, but I've found myself using Firefox for visiting more places on the Internets(including CoolSciFi) because it doesn't hangup like IE7 seems to do every so often......... :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :mad: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

hayden

scribbler/scribe
Joined
Feb 15, 2005
Location
england
#8
Some one dropped my pc when I was moving house. Taped together old coal-fired circa 95 running windows 98 'til I buy a replacement. IE 6 & 7 won't support on my relic but when I loaded Firefox (prefered for last 3 years) it will use IE no problem. Still avoid using IE where ever I am far fewer problems -as mlittle says: fewer hangups forr starters.
 

Mojo

Rocket Ranger
Joined
Jul 29, 2008
#9
I like IE7, and use it 100% of the time... but I can see the appeal of FireFox. If nothing else, they have much better plug-ins, and a better user community.
 

Webster

The Red Tarheel
Joined
Dec 7, 2007
Location
Morganton, NC
#10
Internet Explorer 7 most of the time, but I've found myself using Firefox for visiting more places on the Internets(including CoolSciFi) because it doesn't hangup like IE7 seems to do every so often......... :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :mad: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Correction on the above....I've pretty well moved everything over to Mozilla Firefox...I don't think I've used IE7 in a few weeks now...... :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Joined
Mar 20, 2004
Location
Pennsylvania
#14
Hey, what do we think about Google's new browser, Chrome? Has anyone seen it? Does it seem like a keeper?
It appears to be another case of where the underlying technology developed by Google is a better concept than what is already available but... the actual execution of it, the user interface, kind of sucks.

I like how they have sand boxed elements of the processing to prevent the entire app' from crashing, something I suspect we might see in a future version of FF and/or IE, but really I don't see anything about it feature wise to make me even consider switching from FF.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Joined
Mar 20, 2004
Location
Pennsylvania
#18
No, just found out about IE8 today
My default browser is, of course, FF but I need to keep IE6 on my boxes since that is our corporate standard yet. (Which means no IE7 even for me yet let alone thoughts of IE8).

From InfoWorld:
Microsoft's latest version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) requires more than double the system memory of its main rival, Mozilla's Firefox, and spawns nearly six times the number of processor threads, a performance researcher said today.

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) Beta 2 also consumes 52 percent more memory than its predecessor, IE7, and uses almost three times as many threads, said Craig Barth, chief technology officer at Devil Mountain Software, a Florida-based maker of PC performance testing software.

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Barth tested IE8 Beta 2, IE7, and Firefox 3.0.1 in a 10-site scenario that involved media-rich domains such as boston.com, channel9.com, cnet.com, infoworld.com, nytimes.com, and others. Each site was opened by each browser in a separate tab, then links on those sites were opened in new tabs. Both Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight were installed as plug-ins for each browser.

By test end, IE8 Beta 2 had grabbed 380MB of memory on the 2GB-equipped system running Windows Vista, while IE7 accounted for 250GB and Firefox 3.0.1, the most-recent version of the open source browser, had taken 159MB. When the same tests were run under Windows XP, each browser consumed slightly less memory than in Vista; IE8 Beta 2, however, continued to lead the competition by wide margins.

"When Windows XP starts, the entire OS takes 130 to 150MB," said Barth. "Suddenly you're looking at a memory footprint for IE that's bigger than Microsoft's earlier operating system. IE8 is fatter than XP."

When Barth tallied up the separate processor threads each browser spawned during the tests, he also found that IE8 Beta 2's count was dramatically higher than either IE7's or Firefox's. The latter, for instance, never used more than 29 concurrent processor threads during the 10-site test, while IE7 spawned a maximum of 65. IE8 Beta 2, however, used a whopping 171 threads.

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