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Safari vs. Firefox


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There was a thread similar, including more browsers, but I have it narrowed to these 2.
Especially with the new OSX updates, which one is faster / all around better in MOST cases with you guys?

I don't have any extensive experience with FF for Mac, as I've used Safari all my Mac-life.

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Shiira is the fastest browser in my Apps folder. Unfortunately, it doesn't have 3rd party support like Safari. So I end up using Safari a lot more than Shiira, Firefox, and Camino.

So, Safari.

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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intel firefox flies (assuming you have an intel mac)
Safari is very solid now (and fast) after the new java update last week.

I am using safari now more than firefox.

My order: Safari, Shiira, Firefox, Camino, Opera....

Just my 2 cents
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About Safari:

1. Does it support tabbed browsing?
2. Have people written lots of plug-ins, as they have for Firefox?

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About Safari:

1. Does it support tabbed browsing?
2. Have people written lots of plug-ins, as they have for Firefox?

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1. Safari does support tabbed browsing--just make sure you turn the option on in Safar to use it.

2. I do not believe many plug-ins have been written for Safari as it is not an open source program. You will find more plug-ins written by different users/companies for FireFox than you will Safari.

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bleh plug ins...i dont really use them that much anyway. I find that safari is faster than firefox and generally uses less ram...though they both can use quite a bit. yes there is tabbed browsing.

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If you want a little more speed with Firefox, you can request a processor-optimized
build from the unofficial builders at mozillazine.org. Or you can build your own. I'm
getting ready to build a G5-optimized build with compiler and code optimizations for
more speed than the official build.

I was going to do Altivec optimizations until Apple decided to ditch PowerPC though I
have some of the code written. Too much stuff to do on Windows first.
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i like firefox because of the flashblocker extension, and i can also ctrl click to get rid of boobie ads on torrent sites, my wife does the same only with myspace
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Check out Safari Stand. Does all that and more for Safari. It's free.

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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Does Safari block popups?
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Yes it sure does.

It's all good.
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I was a FF user in XP. I really love Safari - especially the Bookmark Bar at the top. It's a great feature. It lacks the plug-ins that FF offers, but most of those plug-ins can be installed as a widget on the dashboard - like the weather plug-in.
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I still maintain that Camino's better than Safari in every way but looks and RSS support. The rendering engine is better, and it's noticeably faster on the pages I visit (NO placebo effect; timeable without a watch). And Firefox is great, but just can't use it because of its lack of integration. If you're seriously considering between Camino and Firefox, you should definitely check out Camino. Best of both worlds.

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I agree, Camino is great. Definitely a viable alternative to Safari.

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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I used to use Camino a lot since Safari wasn't the most stable browser around but in the last month or so I have switched back since I found that on my machine Camino was much slower at rendering, that plus Safari is much more stable now that it used to be.

I suppose I notice the speed difference more due to lack of memory.

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