Browser review – firefox
For completeness, I’ll review firefox to complete my series of browser reviews. This will be relatively short, because I have been using firefox as my reference standard when evaluating the other browsers.
Firefox supports most of what one would look for in a browser. It does tabbed browsing, it has a decent bookmarks menu, it does spell checking on entry fields, it has a built-in password manager.
In most respects, I am satisfied with firefox. Some of the other browsers were a little faster in rendering pages. While I have not timed it, I think konqueror is actually slower than firefox.
Some of the other browsers handle tabs slightly better than firefox, but the difference is not enough to matter.
The main feature where I might prefer some other browsers, was with private browsing. Chromium and midori open a separate window for private browsing, and opera opens a separate tab. That allows browsing one site privately at the same time as I am browsing another site in ordinary (non-private) mode. There is, of course, an associated risk of data leakage between the two sites, and perhaps that is why the firefox developers have chosen to not allow private and non-private browsing at the same time.
Sometime in the next few days, I’ll post on my practices with using firefox.