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It's back! That's right, the occasional browser wars poll has returned! I usually try to ask twice a year, but it's been over 12 months since we last ran the survey. And so, just what is your favorite browser of the moment? I added two new choices this time -- IE for Windows under Parallels and Other Windows Browser via Parallels -- for any of you Intel-Mac-using folks who might find a Windows browser to be your current favorite.

These polls are always interesting; the last time around, Safari won with 57% of the votes, followed not so closely by Firefox (22%) and Camino (11%). Safari's numbers were actually down from the poll before that, where it received 64% of the votes, Firefox was about the same, and Camino was at 6%. Will Safari's share be down again this time? If so, which alternative browser is gaining the most? Vote now and help determine how things shake out.
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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: fitzage on Mar 30, '07 01:15:28PM

I've grown even more fond of OmniWeb since the last poll.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: Laner on Mar 31, '07 02:21:56AM

Why?
Choosing a browser is hard.
The question shouldn't be wich one, but why.
I like Safaris Stand and Saft plugin because I can set up searches with keywords.
And it interacts quickly with other mac apps. Plus it is cocoa.
But how can I eliminate the use of a mouse?



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: tersono on Mar 31, '07 10:23:27AM

<i>I've grown even more fond of OmniWeb since the last poll.</i>

Yep - me too. I've been using Omniweb off and on since the NeXT days, but for a while found it generally a bit too flaky on OS X. With the last couple of releases it once again gets my vote for 'best browser on the planet'. Only time I use anything else is if I'm on someone else's computer or *cough* using Windoze (I'm Windows systems admin by profession, so its unavoidable, sadly....)



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: arglborps on Apr 01, '07 05:44:25PM

Same here, although I almost settled for Safari, with SafariStand, SafariBlock and somer other goodies, in the end Safari became quite a bit crash prone and then I ditched all of those hacks and went back to using OmniWeb unhacked stable yet with all the features.

Now that I am "hack"-free I can even use the nightly builds of WebKit again for some developement...



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: skigil on Mar 30, '07 01:31:15PM

I have to vote Safari on this one. There is only 2 reasons.

1, the way it parses RSS feeds. I love it.
2, the Private Browsing.

If someone can show me how to do either of these things in another browser, I'll switch.

Cheers.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: cap on Mar 30, '07 01:36:00PM

Firefox is too slow for me. I have had very few problems with Safari.



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Just look at your logs
Authored by: Mechanist on Mar 30, '07 02:04:01PM

Hey, why run a poll? You have server logs, don't you? People are already implicitly voting for their favorite browser just by using it.

From my own server, I get the following "votes", as reported using Mint:

  • 54% Safari
  • 31% Firefox
  • 8% Internet Explorer (7% Windows, 1% Mac)
  • 3% Camino
  • 1% Opera

...and there's a 9-way tie at less-than-1%.



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Just look at your logs
Authored by: r0n on Mar 30, '07 02:14:51PM

Serverlogs show what browsers people are using, but not necessarily the favourites (like I sometimes only have access to an OS9 mac running IE..)!



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Exactly!
Authored by: robg on Mar 30, '07 02:33:52PM

What browser one uses isn't necessarily one's favorite browser. When I had a "day job," I often had to use a Windows machine to access the web...and there's no way any browser on Windows is my favorite :).

-rob.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: jmb989 on Mar 30, '07 02:04:57PM

Shiira- safari with built in extras. The camino of the webkit world?

Light
Ultra Fast
WebKit
Customizable looks (goodbye Safari metal)
Build in RSS in the handy little sidebar which can act as a mini-browser
Organized downloads
Safari's Private Browsing
Customizable search engines in location bar
Tab size automatically adjusts to title width (handier than I imagined)
Tab Expose - yum.
Fast

Eagerly awaiting 2.0..... but 1.2.3 is still seems the quickest around.



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Firefox, by a nose
Authored by: Lectrick on Mar 30, '07 02:40:08PM

It used to be Safari. But then I discovered all these wonderful Firefox extensions such as the del.icio.us plugin (wicked!), Greasemonkey, Adblock, Firebug, and the web developer toolbar. In cases where I searched for equivalent hacks to Safari, they were either nonexistent or not as complete.

I may be biased, though, because I am a web developer.

This is in spite of the fact of the lack of native widgets (cocoa menu/controls code, and text entry behavior) which is infuriating sometimes.

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Firefox, by a nose
Authored by: Libwolf on Apr 01, '07 03:21:12AM
Likewise, a vote for Firefox - but one of the Intel-Optimized versions. You can find it here - http://www.beatnikpad.com/firefox

But what I really miss from Safari is Download Comments - putting the URL for downloaded files into the Spotlight comments field.

Anyone got an extension that will do that for Firefox?


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Safaris "search" is a pain
Authored by: headphonejack on Mar 30, '07 04:59:34PM

That alone is the reason why i prefer Firefox.

Usually I read a lot and search for paraphrases and this is done excellent in Firefox. In Safari I dont even see what the search found.

my two cents. :-)



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: dtrevas on Mar 30, '07 08:41:43PM

I voted for Safari, but I am using the nightly build from Webkit.

I wonder if that should be its own category.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: MacParc on Mar 31, '07 01:47:31AM
AWStats logs of my web server (March 2007):

  • Safari 50.4%

  • FireFox 27.6%

  • MS Internet Explorer 8.2%

  • Camino 2.7%

  • Mozilla 2.2%

  • Netscape 1.4%

  • Opera 1.2%

  • OmniWeb 0.6%

  • Unknown/Others 5.7%



Christian Buerli - macparc.ch


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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: peragrin on Mar 31, '07 08:26:16AM

I run 50-50 safari/firefox.

Safari deals with multiple monitors better, a little bit faster,

Firefox deals with storing bookmarks better, adblock and other extensions, gmail

for some reason I can't get safari to behave with gmail 50% of the time. I have cleared, everything destroyed preferences, etc it still locks up the web site.

As for bookmarks i upload my bookmarks to my personal website. it allows me to search them all at my leisure, but not have to deal with random third parties.

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Safari. Cmd-I
Authored by: MtnBiker on Mar 31, '07 09:47:48AM

Safari. Its Cmd-I send the page (and the easy option of Cmd-Shift-I) make it a win over Firefox. Haven't tried any others for years. History seems easier on Safari.

But for those complaints I might be using Firefox with all its options.

I switch to Firefox now and again after getting too many crashes with Safari, but then find Firefox crashes too. I almost always have a lot of windows open, so that may lead to crashes, but whatever the cause it's irritating.

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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: Jwink3101 on Mar 31, '07 11:00:41AM

So i used to use Safari because of the interface but i was having some computability issues and there were some features i was looking for which i was able to do with Firefox.

I also think that while Firefox takes longer to load the first time, it is faster for general browsing.

With that said, oddly enough, some of my online homework sites work better with Safari so i still keep it around.

As far as RSS goes, Safari is better but Firefox is fine for me. there are a few blogs (engadget) where i prefer to read the RSS becuase it is less obtrusive and Firefox lets me do that.

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On a separate note, the competition for browsers is fierce because it really is no more than 10 minutes of work and an hour of getting used to something new in order to switch. It is the same as for search engines. Because you are not locked into a certain piece of software, and they are all free so there is no investment, switching is so easy that people can use different browsers on different days.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: paulpro on Mar 31, '07 02:56:24PM
I'm loving the Camino 1.1 beta, though I use Safari for almost everything.

Analog stats from my site, macskill.com (for March 2007)

• 38.6 % Unknown (Feedfetcher-Google, Vienna, Bloglines, AppleSyndication, NewsGatorOnline)
• 21.1 % Safari
• 16 % Firefox
• 11.5 % Internet Explorer
• 3.7 % Mozilla
• 3.3 % Opera
• 2.9 % Camino
• 0.8 % Links
• 0.4 % Netscape
• 0.4 % OmniWeb
• 0.2 % iCab
• 0.2 % Galeon
• 0.1 % iBrowse
• 0.1 % AWeb
• 0.1 % Konqueror
• 0.1 % NetNewsWire


Surprising to see so many using online RSS. Confusing to see that NetNewsWire shows its own user agent, but Vienna doesn't. Perhaps it's the stats software that needs to be updated to include other specific RSS readers.

I find it shocking that my logs show some people still using Netscape 3 and IE 4. I definitely don't test my sites in browsers that old.

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I never use a "browser" for Macoshints
Authored by: mactectomy on Mar 31, '07 06:30:57PM

I look at the RSS feed on NetNewsWire. I guess that uses some sort of built in OS X browsing engine.

Otherwise I use Firefox. Safari is not even in my dock. I hope to switch back to Safari when Leopard comes out. I do like some of the Firefox plug ins, but I think Apple knows how to make mac programs better.



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It's that time again -- favorite browser poll posted
Authored by: davidv on Apr 01, '07 05:05:33AM

Camino, despite the occasional rough edge, for its appearance and ease of use. One notable rough spot is Camino's terrible handling of Japanese, it often is impossible to read what you type in search fields etc. I assume that is a lack of complete support for two-byte languages, but I am not sure why it happens. Firefox does not have this problem.

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Stats
Authored by: giulio on Apr 02, '07 06:45:38AM
For those who are showing web stats, how are you counting your percentages? And are you filtering out your own traffic? On my site there are nearly 10x more Firefox visits than Safari:
RankBrowser            Page Views   Visits     Hits    Bandwidth (KB)
1     Bots, Spiders     7,201       6,477     9,976    114,622     
2     IE                5,546       2,187    55,540    443,214     
3     Firefox           7,498       1,847    46,929    431,233     
4     Unknown           1,943       1,522     3,581     36,131     
5     Safari              703         250     5,749     53,692     
6     Netscape            137         138     1,040     10,137     
7     Opera               186          57     1,713     13,254     
8     Google Desktop        0          47        50        194     
9     Konqueror            42          44       104      1,271     
10     Gecko-based        147          29     1,174      9,026     
11     Mozilla Suite       32          23        37        943     
12     Mozilla Camino      11           6        83        711     
13     Avant                0           3         3         15     
Total(s)               23,446      12,630   125,979  1,114,442      
Average(s)              1,803         971     9,690     85,726  
These stats have my own traffic filtered out.

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