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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Does Firefox Have Cooties? - PCWorld

Does Firefox Have Cooties? - PCWorld

Lately, it seems, there's been a small movement amongst key projects in the open source community to move away from stalwart open source browser Firefox to up-and-coming newbie browser Chromium.

Earlier this month, news came out that in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Chromium would be the default browser (though Firefox will still be the default for the other *buntu 10.10 flavors). No official reason was given since several people found this news in some of the 10.10 blueprints.

Speed seems to be the reason why Flock CEO Shawn Hardin blogged yesterday that the new Flock 3 browser would be "the first major browser other than Google Chrome to be built on the Chromium platform." Previous editions of Flock were based on--you guessed it--Firefox.

What's the deal? Is Firefox just not good enough any more? Not hardly. Firefox is still hanging around 31 percent of market share (from Wikimedia), compared to Chrome's almost seven percent. More...
I believe, as a former six year FireFox user, that the Chrome browser is simply better. It is lighter, faster and customizable. There are more themes and extensions for FireFox but the Chrome browser gallery has more than enough extensions for the average user. The bottom line however is the difference in speed. FireFox 3.6 for Mac seems like a slow dump truck in comparison while Chrome seems like a sleek sports car. I really like FireFox. I am thankful for its shaking up the browser market six years ago and giving use an alternative to I.E. and Safari. Presently Safari 5, with its newly introduced extensions, is my second browser of choice.

John H. Armwood

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