Browser Wars: Ultimate Browser Benchmark: Chrome 2 vs. Chrome 3 vs. Chrome 4 vs. Opera 10 vs. Firefox 3.5 vs. Firefox 3.6 vs. Internet Explorer 8 vs. Safari 4
With the release of Opera 10 Final, it’s time to find out, who is the king of performance in web browser area.
The following browsers were tested (with no settings changed):
Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3.6 (Alpha)
Chrome 22.214.171.124 (Beta)
Chrome 126.96.36.199 (Alpha)
Safari 4.0.3 Continue Reading
How market share data changed since last report? Let’s find out.
Surprisingly, Internet Explorer has increased its market share by 0.21, from 58.69% to 58.9%.
Firefox has lost small chunk of market share and fell from 31.28% to 31.17% (0.12 decrease).
Chrome user base keeps growing, this time it went up by 0.04, from 3.38% to 3.42%.
Just like Firefox, Opera has also lost some market share. It went down from 2.67% 2.42% (0.25 decrease).
Safari continues its growth and went up by another 0.13 points, from 3.25% to 3.38%.
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- Opera Mini Is Most Downloaded Mobile App
- The long road to HTML 5
Thanks to Trygve Lie for links.
Jeremy Orem has posted an interesting tip on how to speed up Firefox web browser.
All you have to do is paste the following command (as single line) to your console bar (can be accessed via tools > error console):
And hit enter (user interface might freeze for a moment).
As he says, it will vacuum Firefox’s sqllite database which will lead to better browser performance.
If you are experiencing video jumpiness while watching videos in Firefox web browser, then here is a possible solution (as from LifeHacker):
“The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore. By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.”
What do cats and Firefox support (support.mozilla.com) have in common? Apparently, feedback suggests that almost 50% of users arrived to support page by a mistake. Who are those to blame? Cats, of course!
Here are some comments written by people, who’ve accidentally visited support page (as from blog.mozilla.com)
“actually the cat walked on the keyboard”
“bent over to pick something up and accidentally leaned on the f1 key”
“Cat jumped onto laptop”
“CHILD GOT A HOLD OF THE KEYBOARD AND STARTED PUSHING BUTTONS.”
“finger too big. finger hit f1 by mistake. stupid bigfinger.” Continue Reading
- Firefox 3 about to get a major update
- Please tell me Firefox won’t ever look like this on first run. (Picture)
- Seeking web security, exploit operators prefer Firefox, Opera comes second
- Google Chrome 4 reveals the beginnings of cloud synchronization
- Xmarks extension alpha for Chrome arrives
- HTML 5 and timed media
Thanks to Chrome, Nox and Opera for links.
Ars Technica reports that the latest build of WebKit has outperformed Chromium by more than 15% in SunSpider benchmark.
They have also tested Safari 4.0.3, Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, Firefox 3.5.2, Camino 2.0 Beta 3 and Opera 10 Beta 3 web browsers.
Here are some more details from Ars Tecnica, which should clarify Microsoft and NSS Labs “sponsorship” deal.
In terms of sponsorship of the reports, “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” Moy told Ars. “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”
Also, readers have noticed that Firefox 3.5 was not included in those tests, here is a reason (as from .pdf).
We would have liked to have been able to test Firefox 3.5 which was released on June 30, 2009, and attempted to test it alongside the other browsers. However, serious instability where the browser repeatedly crashed (a widely reported issue) along with poor results prevented its inclusion for the sake of fairness.
For NSS Security Test results, see the following page.
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