Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
- Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:07:52 -0700
- From: NFN Smith <worldoff9908@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
The Real Bev wrote:
On 06/18/2017 12:12 PM, EE wrote:
I should say that Opera (webkit) is even better than Iron, because the
people developing it are still interested in the user's privacy.
The most important thing about firefox is its user-configurability. I
have a lot of useful functions always visible actoss the top and
'tree-style tabs' down the right side. Both of these are REALLY
important to me, and their lack is one of the reasons (aside from the
crashing, of course) I really despise chrome. It offers some vertical
tabbing extensions, but they're so awful they're useless.
Would any of the other browsers make me happy?
Doubtful on Opera, if you want configurability. I make occasional use
of Opera, and there's lots to like about it, but by comparison to
Firefox or Seamonkey, the configurability is definitely less.
I haven't seen Iron, but if it's a Chromium-derived browser, I wouldn't
expect much more than you get with Chrome itself.
For tree-style tabs in configuration, I think the best Mozilla option is
Seamonkey. Since I'm a Seamonkey user, I consider even the Firefox UI
for configuration (and copied by Thunderbird) to be inferior to what I
get with Seamonkey.
In any case, remember that you don't have commit to one browser
exclusively. I routinely have Seamonkey and Firefox on all my machines,
and I often install Opera. On a couple of test setups I have in virtual
machines, I also have (or have had) Chrome, Waterfox, PaleMoon, Epic and
Lunascape, in addition to the browsers I use routinely. In fact, on a
couple of my test setups, I have both the current version of firefox
installed, as well as beta releases. It's not a problem to have both
installed, even running simultaneously (although I generally avoid
that), as long as you don't try to have both accessing the same profile
at the same time. And on my Win 10 setups (in virtual machines), I
generally leave Edge to be the primary browser (even if I have others
installed) -- not because I like Edge, or really care about it, but it
does help to know what users who do use Edge are seeing. Same thing
with IE on older installations of Windows.
Beyond simple testing of UI functionality, having other browsers allows
me to do things like switching to another browser, if my primary profile
isn't behaving (and I do a lot of tweaking with per-site cookie
permissions, and use of AdBlock Plus and NoScript), I can switch to a
different browser, for a single task. There are also times when I need
to be logged into a site with more than one ID simultaneously (e.g, as
an administrator with full rights, as well as a common user with minimal
rights), and having two browsers open makes that easy.
For a setup with multiple browsers (or multiple profiles), something
that's really nice about Mozilla browsers is that it's easy to export
bookmarks to a simple HTML file. With that, I periodically put a copy of
my exported bookmarks onto my working LAN. From there, I usually set
any browser profiles that I use more than occasionally to use that HTML
file as the home page. Thus, regardless of which computer, which browser
or which profile I'm using, I always have a reasonably current copy of
the bookmarks I have in my primary browser. The navigation isn't quite
as smooth as using the bookmarks manager, but all the functionality
(names and links) are all there, in a usable format.
Thus, if you're curious about something other than Firefox, install and
give it a try. If you find that you don't like it, browsers are easy
enough to uninstall.
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