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Windows 7: Interesting browser comparison

23 Mar 2011   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oreo27 View Post
I personally think that browsers, with the exception of the 64 bit IE, are all but a user's preference.
That about sums it up.


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23 Mar 2011   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would agree, and I'd even question the need or purpose of an x64 browser at this point. Yes, I know we are moving to x64 only, and I'm in favor of that, but I see so many people making the assumption they should be using the x64 browser...it would be nice if it wasn't even present. Let those who are developing and testing do a manual download of it.
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23 Mar 2011   #13
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I would agree, and I'd even question the need or purpose of an x64 browser at this point. Yes, I know we are moving to x64 only, and I'm in favor of that, but I see so many people making the assumption they should be using the x64 browser...it would be nice if it wasn't even present. Let those who are developing and testing do a manual download of it.
A x64 browser is what I am using on a daily basis to surf the web. My laptop doesn't even have a 32-bit Firefox on it, just the 64-bit Minefield. Have absolutely no problem with it. Moreover, it's supposed to be more secure, although I have no way of corroborating this claim (that I have read several times) with any evidence.
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23 Mar 2011   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Plug-in support is spotty, at best, so to make life easier, the x64 browser are usually avoided, other than for testing. They basically fall into the same category as Office 2010 x64.
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23 Mar 2011   #15
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Lunascape6! Check this out, I think it's great. It's compatible with all FF and IE add ons and can use Gecko, Webkit and Trident engines.
Also it seems rock solid, is intuitive to use and has some really cool skins.
Like unifex I'm a big fan of FFx64 Minefield but this Lunascape has now become my default browser.

Check it out: What's New in Lunascape 6

I was recently introduced to this by David Ben Yosef, so thanks to him
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23 Mar 2011   #16
hangdawg

windows 7 home premuim 64 bit
 
 

i use 64 bit firefox with the about:config tweaks makes a big difference then test it here Test Parallel connections but dont crank it up past ten connections though
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24 Mar 2011   #17
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Lunascape6!
Also it seems rock solid, is intuitive to use and has some really cool skins.
I would not comment on your choice of a browser, it is after all your choice, but it's just always funny to me, when people claim one browser "easier to use" than another. How hard is it to use a browser? You type a URL or even just the main part of the web address (such as cnn, amazon, google, you know the drill) into the address bar and press enter. That about covers it. All browsers are identical in this respect.

Yes, there are little differences in the UI - such as single bar for URL and search in IE9, there are differences in cookie handling, supposedly there are big differences in security - but nothing of that constitutes "ease of use".

Did no mean to pick on you John, no offense?
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24 Mar 2011   #18
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

In my opinion, plugins developers hold Internet growth back somewhat (refusing to release 64 bit versions, etc.) Besides, with HTML5 around-- it nullifies the requirement for insecure, poor performing plugins like Adobe's Flash. I'd like to see the Internet using more open standards like HTML5 for audio/video/such more commonly.

Benchmarks in browsers do not matter to me. What I need is a browser that is configurable to my exact Internet needs and currently that browser is Firefox.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Plug-in support is spotty, at best, so to make life easier, the x64 browser are usually avoided, other than for testing. They basically fall into the same category as Office 2010 x64.
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24 Mar 2011   #19
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I completely agree, but unfortunately, Flash content is still very prevalent. Adobe has ruined what was once a great technology. By using open standards, we could truly get to a point where browsers were 100% a matter of opinion. We're close now, but some people also hold on to old thoughts and feelings...like anything from Microsoft is bad and evil.
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24 Mar 2011   #20
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Well, I know HTML5 is far off from being mainstream, but I am glad that is around in a minor capacity. With the way things were going, more and more web sites were making a simple HTML welcome page then redirecting to a 100% Flash site. Then you have those free file/image host sites that are making their uploader area 100% Flash. A bad trend, since the Flash production suite is not free and its plugin is not as good as it was pre-Adobe. It looked like Adobe are/were trying to monopolize the Internet :/

There is one conundrum that I do not understand though, with the OS+Browser coming pre-installed with Sun Java. For such a plugin, that has minor web usage, it is extremely prevalent and poorly maintained/coded.

There's just too much proprietary software dependence going around Internet use currently, I hope to see that change just as you said. Computer security would be increased too.

As for the record of benchmarks, I found IE9 to perform near identical to Firefox 4 Too bad that it (IE9) doesn't have a spell check or default webm support. Catch up yes, but not catchup enough.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I completely agree, but unfortunately, Flash content is still very prevalent. Adobe has ruined what was once a great technology. By using open standards, we could truly get to a point where browsers were 100% a matter of opinion. We're close now, but some people also hold on to old thoughts and feelings...like anything from Microsoft is bad and evil.
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