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This was a poll of OUR choices, it was absolutly fiar. I voted for slackware, but really I use debian just about as much as slack.
In this case I voted firefox because that's what I use, somehow it's always come through for me. I've tried others, but always come back to firefox. I really don't have any good reason except that it fits like an old shoe, and I seldom get blocked out of sites.
I've decided to give Firefox another shot this week. This time for the Windows version because the latest versions looked faster then Opera. I went to www.gamespy.com and tried to download a few videos. While Windows Media Player was buffering the video, you could click on cancel and right click to download instead waiting it to buffer, thus saving the file locally. Doing that will make Firefox to crash, but not close (a lot of features won't work, as bookmarks). A message asking to restart Firefox is displayed. Well, I closed Firefox manually and try to restart it: Boom > Firefox is already running, bla bla bla. I have to kill the process to restart Firefox. Funny thing is, I've had this same problem with Firefox for a long time.
I also need at least two plugins to make it an usable Web Browser: Fasterfox and mouse gestures. Those two plugins are good enough to make Firefox take twice the time to start up. I'm glad I went back to Opera (and voted for it, hopefully).
The Solaris port of Firefox still seems to close for no apparent reason at school, so everybody is either using Mozilla or Opera.
If Firefox is the lead program to represent Open Source, we are in trouble...
Distribution: Debian Wheezy / BackTrack 5/ Linux Mint 17
I don't think we are in trouble with Firefox representing us any more than any of the rest. I have not had the problems that some people have spoke of, but I definitely have the memory leak issue. It is slower than Internet Explorer, and True Open Source, unlike Opera so I am told (I do not know for sure). I think if there are so many people willing to put up with the memory leak, such as myself, and the other little quirks, then it must be a hell of a browser. In my book, it is a top notch browser. I just hope that they fix the memory leak, because sometimes it does really piss me off. But I will continue to close it down and reopen it, I like it that much.
To each his own, that is the true beauty of open source and Linux.
Nah, Firefox has been my favorite browser since its release. Mozilla has done an awesome job with this project, and all the contributors have made it even better. In retrospect, I'm extremely surprised that it hasn't seen massive adoption in both corporate and home desktop use; it's still confined to the small userspace comprised of geeks and hackers like us. Kind of like Linux. That's not to say that normal people don't use Firefox, but the market share remains woefully lopsided.
Firefox.. to be frank. With the additional plugins, I think firefox will rule. Currently using version 188.8.131.52, just updated a few minutes ago. But something still nags the team, the frequent crashing. I have been using firefox for over two years now and have found this to be the most irritating factor. But thanks for the session-saver plugin. But thats no excuse.... Opera is racing along but i think in terms of usability, its definite,,, only firefox.
After a dalliance with Firefox that has lasted for over a year I have returned to Opera. This is largely because I find Firefox slows up unacceptably once I've installed the add-ons that I need. Many of these refinements are already in Opera anyway, along with it's extra speed and a few of it's new widgets I wonder exactly why I ever strayed.
Last year I thought that Opera just edged it partly because Firefox seemed a little clunky. This year, despite Opera's occasionally handy widgets I have to defect to Firefox which seems to have hit a new stage of maturity and reliability with the release of Firefox 2.0.