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what is the fasted browser?

     
3:34 am on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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my IE is slow and crashes a lot. i am wondering what is more stable and gives me faster browsing. thanks for ue opinions.
3:54 am on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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well i use mozill and have no complaints

firebord would be one of the fastest

4:22 am on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera claims to be the fastest. jatar_k's recommendations are also fast.
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Withing the last couple of months, I have switched from IE to Opera, and have been extremely satisfied with the switch. It is pretty fast, and though it hardly ever freezes for me, if it does then when you restart the program the sites you were previously at will be reloaded.
3:29 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'll second jatar_k and korkus. Basically, any browser but IE and Netscape.
3:38 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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lol yea i have tried some of ur opions and they seem to working great. thnaks
4:11 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera is such a time saver. It's not just the speed of page rendering, but also the intelligently designed user interface. With all my needed options and preferences so close at hand, the work goes by very smoothly.
4:27 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Let's not forget, however, that Mozilla, Opera, Netscape, et al will only browse websites and send mail.

If you browse to a link that is a PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, etc document, IE has the extra code built in to automatically display those files. With the others, you have to open a separate instance of Word, Excel, etc. or save it to your hard drive first.

That is part of the "slowness" of IE. There is just so much more code to include when the program starts.

4:27 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera. It's a masterpiece and is my browser of choice despite frequent flirtation with FireBird ;)

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Safari is the fastest browser on earth, but you need a real computer to use it.

I will second Opera as the fastest to render and use on a wintel box.

I wish Safari had as many features and as many keybord shortcuts Opera does.

My favorite browser is still Opera 6.05.

4:43 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have started using Mozilla Firebird 0.6.1

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5:34 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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In reference to TXBakers comment:

Actually, in every benchmark I have ever seen of IE/Opera/Mozilla, IE loaded the fastest (which makes sense, as it largely a part of the OS), but renders pages the slowest.

Opera loaded second fastest, and Mozilla loaded slowest, but both Opera and Mozilla rendered individual pages gobs faster than IE.

Mozilla was just a smidgeon faster than opera, but not really worth fighting fanboy wars over.

I'll try and find a benchmark, I read it a while ago.

5:36 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Lynx. No doubt about it.
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I'll second claus. ;) flying_monkey did ask for a suggestions for more stable and faster browsers.
5:57 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Safari is the fastest browser on earth, but you need a real computer to use it.

Hehehehehehehehe, this one goes definetly to my favorite quotes archive!

Congrats on this MG! :)

btw: ditto

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Oh, I didn't realize that Safari was a PC browser, I thought it was made for Macs... ;ppp

...couldn't resist ;D

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9:31 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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well now im using firebird and seems to be working just fine. but thanks for all ur opinions. i thought safari was a mac browser?
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>i thought safari was a mac browser?

It is.

MacGuru on msg #: 10

you need a real computer to use it.

Nuff said.

10:01 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>> more stable and gives me faster browsing
>> real computer

okay, MacLynx then ;)

10:46 pm on Oct 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>I didn't realize that Safari was a PC browser

MonkeeSage,
I guess you didn't know Apple invented the term Personal Computer in the late 70's?

So let me rephrase :

Safari is the fastest browser on earth, but you need a real PC to watch it fly.

On first post flying_monkey states :

my IE is slow and crashes a lot. i am wondering what is more stable and gives me faster browsing.

IE had the same behavior on REAL PC's too, before it was discontinued (weeks after Safari's introduction). Since I had no clue about the platform or OS, I just replied to the best of my knowlege.

Sorry if history, facts and truth annoyed you. ;)

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sorry for the confussion
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A little off topic - Opera for me fastest, faster still if you use the mouse gestures to surf effortlessly & efficiently - here's a link to see what a mouse & Opera can do for you - [opera.com...]

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1:49 am on Oct 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Macguru:

I hope I didn't offend, was just a bit of friendly rivalry. I did a bit of CG / video work on a G2 a couple years back and I don't question in the least that Macs are good machines (or that they were far ahead of the game before most of the players even knew the game was on). :)

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> Lynx. No doubt about it.

Not here. In side-by-side tests with Opera on pure text mode, it smoked Lynx by 50%.

Opera 3.62 is the fastest browser ever made. It's a good 20% faster than Opera v7.

Safari? Not if my friends powerbook is any indication - Opera was easily faster than it.

Moz is nice - but it's a boat anchor - it's so slow and hard to use.

The real speed of opera is being able to open a whole bookmark branch in one swoop (30+ pages open right now).

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I use mouse gestures in mozilla - damned most elite things :)
2:01 am on Oct 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>G2

Never heard of G2 before. Glad you enjoyed them. Can we have your opinion on the best browser used on your planet and a general idea on where and when to wave at you from earth at -5 gmt? ( ;) )

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If I recall, the official branding was "Power Macintosh G2 233 MHz" (they were only the second generation of PPC chips and were used in the first "Powerbook" series of laptops I believe). Man...and to think that 233 used to seem like such a big deal...but then it was, compared to my little old Intel 66MHz i486DX2-66 that I was using at the time, heh. But man those G2s would happily grok AVI streams all day long. I was duely impressed. I'm still duely impressed today when I look at the new 64bit G5 and OSX9 / Jaguar (and pretty soon Panther).

As for browser speed, I basically agree with SethCall. Each has their fast(er) and slow(er) points and my own perception has been that the overall speed comes out to be about the same (depending on the type of content being viewed and all of that of course).

As for the planet, I'm from the third planet of the Grabthakian nebulae -- planet x8086. But you can't see it because it only can be seen by the true believers; any infidel who dares to look upon it will be slowely leeched to death by legions of Grabthakian gnarwhales while being forced to use an OS with the system buttons on the top-right edge of the window frames... ;ppp

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Safari is riddled with far too many bugs [dhtmlkitchen.com] and STILL doesn't support gzip http compression.
Maybe they will get it right in 1.1 (or 1.2 or 1.3, ahem ;) )

Opera has too many little quirks across too many sites, though it's impressive for it's size.

Firebird gets my vote, especially 0.7 [webmasterworld.com], starts fast, runs fast, and now does things like HTML textarea [mozilla.org] (just like IE)
and has an ever growing number of free but fancy plugins [texturizer.net] as well as a killer JavaScript debugger [hacksrus.com], no other browser can match

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>>If I recall, the official branding was "Power Macintosh G2 233 MHz"

Funny I just Googled "Power Macintosh G2 233 MHz" [google.com], and the single M$ Word document I could find stated :

Product Description:

Gamers take on the role of Feeble, an alien living in a highly oppressive society - controlled by 'The Company'. When Feeble's ship crashes and causes the destruction of a Company installation unit, Feeble is blamed for the disaster, arrested and sent to a high security prison.

Sounds familiar? :)

<!-- back to browsers -->

Thanks amznVibe, I am going to give Firebird another try.

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>> Opera smoked Lynx

- been using Opera a lot today, just to find out why i didn't really use it more, even though i had it installed. Turned out i had version 5, so i've missed a couple of updates.

Speed's okay, but only if you disable pics and such, otherwise it's slow. I think it's too much of a "browser-fan" browser though... too many settings, options and customizations, and it's rather hard to find out where to disable what. The freebie version also occupies far too much screen real estate, even when icons are turned off.

For tabbed browsing i prefer the IE-extension/clone "Crazy Browser". It's got quite a few extras relative to IE; you can disable pictures, activeX'es, applets, scripts, popups as well in an easy menu. And of course it can open all your favorites on separate tabs as well, and even save opened tabs as groups (multi-page bookmarks). These are "real" tabs though, not the opera kind.

/claus

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