rev. 20 August 2009

Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
License: Open Source
Description: If you get only one piece of software on this page, this needs to be it. With Internet Explorer, your computer is privy to a legion of malicious scripts and programs that will install without your knowing. Firefox is a standalone version of the Mozilla suite, blazingly fast, with a whole host of skins and “extentions” to add functionality that you might miss in the default installation. Best of all, Firefox is available for damn near any OS: Solaris, Linux, Windows, OS X, FreeBSD. In short, this is easily the best web browser available.
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
License: Open Source
Description: The long-rumored browser from Google is here! The marriage of the Webkit rendering engine, a new javascript VM called “V8,” and a simple, skinned UI, Chrome is still early in development, but show an incredible amount of potential.
SRWare IronSRWare Iron
License: Open Source
Description: For those who like Google’s new browser, but are worried about privacy, the company SRWare makes a vanilla version of it from the Chromium source code with the troublesome bits taken out.
License: Open Source
Description: When the Mozilla Foundation officially stopped development of the monolithic Mozilla suite in favor of its separated children—Firefox, Thunderbird, and Sunbird—developers were quick to reform under a different name and continue work on the suite unofficially, sharing development of the engine and doing their own work on the UI. SeaMonkey is basically Mozilla. Good if you want all the components and don’t mind the overhead of a monolithic application.
Opera Opera
License: Freeware
Description: Formerly only available in a paid or ad-supported version, Opera 8.5 is now free for the using, without ads. Opera is well-known for its speed, and has pretty good standards support (the engine is Opera’s homegrown renderer).
Safari Safari
License: Freeware/Open Source
Description: While I happen to think that the proprietary interface is extraordinarily crappy (as well as not blending it at all with Windows’ native widgets), Safari’s “WebKit” rendering engine is open source and also excellent. A good alternative for testing, if nothing else.
§1417 · By · October 10, 2006 ·

6 Comments to “Web Browsers”

  1. Torsten says:

    K-Meleon is significantly faster than Firefox. On a 64 MB RAM machine, there is a pretty difference between them.

  2. Ben says:

    Oh, I don’t doubt it. K-Meleon is the Gecko engine and not nearly as much front-end as Firefox. It’s also not nearly as slick.

    v1.1 just came out yesterday, if I recall correctly. Probably worth looking into.

  3. Richard Cranium says:

    Opera FTW!

  4. ready,able says:

    Should also include SR Ware Iron, which is Google Chrome without the privacy encroaching code. Very fast, kept up to date.

  5. Frank D says:

    “To be honest, I can’t see why one would pick K-Meleon over Firefox, but the performance and behavior is going to be largely the same”

    TO be honest, you’re an idiot. the performance and behaviour are not even comparable. K-Meleon uses own windows widgets hence it’s a windows-only browser and not cross platform, it’s much faster.. way more responsive than firefox. try to be objective or test a browser before talking rubbish.

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