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Software/app picks #1 – web browsers

Since I started designing websites (and therefore got rid of famous MSIE), I started to constantly look for software alternatives in search for the perfect ones, or at least perfect for me and my needs.

It’s been a while since then and finally I feel that I’ve almost found my “perfect combo” in terms of software you use every day. And that’s why this “Software/app picks” series comes in – I’d like to present my findings and hopefully inspire some of you (or make your digital life a lil’ easier).

Let’s start from the basics, with web browsers – as probably the most used software today.

Part 1 – Web browsers

As I already mentioned, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer isn’t my software of choice, even though it’s still the most used browser out there (which, by the way, isn’t ANY guarentee of quality).

For a long time, I was huge Mozilla Firefox fan and propagator – for it’s plug-ins, open-sourceness and all those options you have. Then, when released, I switched to Google Chrome from one simple reason – it was new, modern and made from scratch in the Google’s way (nothing’s automatic, everything rethought and done well).

Suprisingly, there aren’t the two web browsers I’m presenting today (in fact, they’re my #3 and #4 choices, so it’s not that bad, hehe).

These will be Chromium (my choice #1, for common “internet life”) and Waterfox (for web developping purposes). They are both built on the same base as their ancestors – Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox – they’re just in some ways a little bit different.


Chromium is the open-source web browser. Google took it (I don’t say Google didn’t contribute to the Chromium) and added some of it’s code to make it more public consumption friendly. The point is, as you probably know, Google tends to track all it can and so was built Chrome. Think of Chromium as a “spyware”-less Chrome. In short: Chromium is more free and cutting-edge, Chrome is probably more stable (even though i haven’t any problems with Chromium so far); both share their features and add-on compatibility, so there’s no problem with migration from one to another.

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Waterfox presents itself as “the fastest 64-bit variant of Firefox”. The reason why I use it is obvious.. Waterfox is built upon Firefox’s source code and optimized for 64-bit systems, focusing on speed. As in Chrome/Chromium case, both Firefox and Waterfox share features and add-on compatibility.

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Conclusion? Maybe..

As you can see, I made it probably more dramatic that it in fact is. You could say my top choices are Chrome and Firefox, but still – there are differences. Moral of the story today is, that if you read this using that blue “E” in the top corner, it’s time to change :)

I know I missed out Opera and Safari, but I’m not really fan of those and as I introduced, there are purely my subjective choices which can be absolutely opposite from yours. I don’t want to start any flame wars, but feel free to react anyhow – I’m still not the pro either.

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  1. hmmm,

    I miss here Konqueror – it’s integration in KDE is absolutely awesome. Running well known applications as KParts of Web browser allows to nativelly open files like PDF, odt, pictures etc. Yeah, I’m not sure in what shape it is now…

    I also miss elinks/links/lynx. It’s not capable of all the new technology, but it can run in text mode.

    The last but not least is for me Pentadactyl. It’s “only” a Firefox add-on but it changes it’s behaviour drastically so I’m separating it in this list. It’s vimperator clone so it provides ViM-like interface which can be very fast to use for experienced users. It uses completely different shortcuts and is capable of macros.

    1. I see I forgot to mention I’ll be focusing on Windows software. It’s just the simple fact that I’m not that experienced in Linux environment (at least as I’d like) – and, let’s face it – I want to hit majority of users (ha, now I’m just driving you crazy.. I’m sorry :)

      But I believe your contribution will be really useful for Linux users, who won’t probably find much Linux-related stuff here; so thanks for fill-up!

  2. I basically use three browsers: Chrome (Google Apps, element inspector, incognito browsing), Opera (lots of built-in functions like Adblock; best browser for storing passwords – I mean it stores password even on websites where FF/Chrome can’t) and FF (with only few extensions; it’s good for normal work, stable, fast). I cannot say which one is the best. Each one has it’s own bugs/disadvantages. But above all I prefer Opera :)

    PS: I use Linux with Gnome.

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