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Firefox 3.5 wins top dog browser crown - sort of
The Register (UK) ^ | December 22, 2009 | Kelly Fiveash

Posted on 12/22/2009 7:31:06 AM PST by CedarDave

Firefox 3.5 trundled passed Internet Explorer 7 in the past few days to become, temporarily at least, the world's most popular web browser.

According to analysis outfit StatCounter, Mozilla's latest browser just slipped ahead of Microsoft's surfing tool in the week commencing 7 December by grabbing 21.93 per cent of the global market.

But it's of course worth noting that while Firefox might be top dog by version number, it's important to point out that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 is also pulling in plenty of punters.

So when all the stats are combined Microsoft's browser remains the clear winner with a 55.44 per cent share, of which IE 8 holds 20.33 per cent of the market and IE 7 controls 21.2 per cent.

Redmond's unloved IE 6, meanwhile, retains 13.89 per cent of the market, at the last count.

(Excerpt) Read more at theregister.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: firefox; ie7; ie8; internetexplorer
And Firefox 3.6 might be out before New Year's Day:

Mozilla shoots out fifth Firefox 3.6 beta Release date set for Christmas Day? You never know...

1 posted on 12/22/2009 7:31:07 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: ShadowAce

For your tech PING! list


2 posted on 12/22/2009 7:31:37 AM PST by CedarDave (FOX news:"Fair and balanced (no matter what the White House says) . We report because others won't.")
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To: CedarDave

Firefox is a monopoly!!!


3 posted on 12/22/2009 7:34:22 AM PST by GeronL
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To: CedarDave

firefox crashes and hangs a lot I find on Windows7. I have 3 installs of 7 and all three have the issue. I am completely up to date as firefox has pushed out a few stability updates as of late. I love their browser. I hate IE with a passion... Hope they fix the stability issues soon.


4 posted on 12/22/2009 7:35:02 AM PST by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: CedarDave

IE6?? 13.89%...

say wha...?

Free download people!!


5 posted on 12/22/2009 7:35:30 AM PST by GeronL
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To: CedarDave

I’m just glad Chrome finally came out in Linux, my experience has been that Firefox is a dog on Linux.


6 posted on 12/22/2009 7:37:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

I still run IE6 and will until they stop security upgrades. Firefox is my browser as I use a bunch of addons including those that make commenting on FR a lot easier, primarily bbXtra.


7 posted on 12/22/2009 7:41:28 AM PST by CedarDave (FOX news:"Fair and balanced (no matter what the White House says) . We report because others won't.")
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To: dubie
firefox crashes and hangs a lot I find on Windows7.

I have the same issue. The cut and copy menu items are often grayed out randomly.
8 posted on 12/22/2009 7:44:39 AM PST by Dr. Sivana
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To: GeronL

Well, I don’t know if anyone else has had this problem, but I down loaded IE8 and my browsing was slowed down to nearly a halt. I uninstalled IE8 and went back to IE6 and everything works fine.


9 posted on 12/22/2009 7:47:57 AM PST by lardog
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To: GeronL
IE6?? 13.89%...

say wha...?

Free download people!!


Perfectly reasonable. Some websites run better on IE6. There are also a number of Win 98se boxes out there running specialty apps that have not and will not be updated to Windows 2000+ anytime soon.

IE6 uses fewer resources and works better on older units with less RAM

The free download may not be trivial for those with 56K modems.

And some people just say, "If it ain't broke..."
10 posted on 12/22/2009 7:48:35 AM PST by Dr. Sivana
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

11 posted on 12/22/2009 7:50:46 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Dr. Sivana

lol. When I first got online I had such an old machine the ISP sent me a floppy with Netscape 1.22

I really liked that browse, heh


12 posted on 12/22/2009 7:58:15 AM PST by GeronL
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To: lardog

IE8 must be a bigger bulkier file, the Hulk of browsers


13 posted on 12/22/2009 7:59:13 AM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL
Free download people!!

So what? :)

I actually still use Firefox 2.0 because some of my favorite add-ons and themes are not Firefox 3 ready.

14 posted on 12/22/2009 7:59:35 AM PST by Zack Attack
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To: dubie
firefox crashes and hangs a lot I find on Windows7. I have 3 installs of 7 and all three have the issue.

I'm sure you thought of this but what plugins are you using? I am on win7 with the latest non-beta firefox and the only issue I have is that when saving an image from the browser sometimes the "New Folder" button produces a New Folder but it doesn't show up in the dialog box. And this may easily be a win 7 problem and not firefox. Otherwise ff seems stable on my box. Dual core, 4gb ram.

15 posted on 12/22/2009 8:05:20 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: Zack Attack

I have the latest FF and noticed that it takes a lot longer to be able to browse (I start with about:blank) with each new patch release applied (might be a local machine issue) Anyways, I loaded the latest Google Chrome a few weeks back and I’m quite impress at it’s speed at rendering sites. Possible local machine issue with FF not effecting Chrome performance a bit. Chrome is worth a try.


16 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:07 AM PST by sjm_888
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To: paulycy

I don’t have any plugins. Straight install and use. It very well could be a 7 issue since this happens on all three installs I have. The browser will first hang, then crash and restart and it asks if I want to restore my session or start new. I pretty much only go to drudge, FR, gmail and facebook. I do click news links from FR and drudge. I do not usually venture out beyond that on a regular basis. I have a few sites I frequent and that’s it. Not sure the cause. For the most part firefox has been stable. on XP I found it to be rock solid. So far on 7 though, several crashes a day. The one thing I like is I do not lose my spot when it does crash as it restores my tabs.


17 posted on 12/22/2009 8:13:48 AM PST by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: dubie
Since it's happening on three installs then *maybe* it is a win7 issue. I know there's some weird stuff happening under the hood in win7 (whatever it is) and I'm looking forward to a service pack update.

I like win7 BTW but it ain't perfect and needs some fixing especially, I think, in the file system and dialog boxes. Quite a few programs choke on installation when they are dealing with the file dialog and setting paths, etc, at least in my experience.

Sorry I'm not more helpful.

18 posted on 12/22/2009 8:24:38 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: CedarDave
So when all the stats are combined Microsoft's browser remains the clear winner with a 55.44 per cent share,

Once upon a time, it was plus 90%.

19 posted on 12/22/2009 8:32:45 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Dr. Sivana; dubie

Not that this post is really that helpful but I’m running Windows 7 on three boxes with FF 3.5 and haven’t experienced the issues you are having. My brother is running it on 3 machines as well and hasn’t reported crashing and hangups and he’s the type that would complain to me about it. We are all running Windows 7 Ultimate but I wouldn’t think the flavor of 7 would make the difference.


20 posted on 12/22/2009 8:48:43 AM PST by Mr Fuji
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To: GeronL

I’m sure some of the IE6 users are wanting to use the older version for a specific reason. I would bet that the majority of those still using IE6 are the less tech savvy users who aren’t even aware that there are different/newer versions of software available and are using whatever came on their computer at the time.


21 posted on 12/22/2009 8:52:21 AM PST by Mr Fuji
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To: Mr Fuji

I have two home premiums @ home and one pro @ work. I am the IT admin here @ work. I can’t really say either way what is causing the crashes. Couple times a day... Strange. I just keep plugging away. No worries.


22 posted on 12/22/2009 8:54:35 AM PST by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: GeronL

“IE6?? 13.89%...”

Those are Windows 2K people, and people using another browser for everything else, but needing IE for some special purposes.


23 posted on 12/22/2009 9:03:45 AM PST by papasmurf
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To: lardog

I had the same problem. I liked IE7 very much, but then the security scare came, so I switched to Firefox. Firefox was very slow to load, but I dealt with it. When IE8 came out, it loaded as slow as Firefox, so now I am indifferent toward the browsers, although I did remove Firefox from my desktop because it seemed to have more problems than IE8 on that computer.


24 posted on 12/22/2009 9:07:26 AM PST by Skenderbej (People need to learn that no muhammadan practices his religion peacefully.)
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To: papasmurf; Mr Fuji

Your both probably partly right


25 posted on 12/22/2009 9:09:37 AM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Our entire IT department’s browser standard is IE6. Our intranet was developed using old tech, and it doesn’t work correctly in anything other than IE6. So what do they do? They keep an unstable garbage browser in production instead of requiring that internal sites be upgraded.


26 posted on 12/22/2009 10:08:20 AM PST by rarestia (Confutatis maledictis, voca me cum benedictis)
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To: rarestia

lol.
Low-tech nerds?


27 posted on 12/22/2009 10:15:53 AM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

No, widespread management refusal to hire competent web programmers and consider Microsoft consultants adequate.


28 posted on 12/22/2009 10:26:55 AM PST by rarestia (Confutatis maledictis, voca me cum benedictis)
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To: dfwgator
I’m just glad Chrome finally came out in Linux, my experience has been that Firefox is a dog on Linux.

Depends on how many extensions you carry. i carry a lot, and Firefox is a dog on my system (OpenSuSE 11.1, KDE 4.1).

For a lot of stuff i use Opera 10.1.

29 posted on 12/22/2009 10:27:48 AM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: Zack Attack

There is no reason to use FF2 instead of FF3 based on addons.

Try MR Tech Tollkit at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/421/

Install it, in the options and also in the addons window, it can force updates on 95% of addons that have not been updated.


30 posted on 12/22/2009 7:13:28 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: rarestia
Our entire IT department’s browser standard is IE6. Our intranet was developed using old tech, and it doesn’t work correctly in anything other than IE6. So what do they do? They keep an unstable garbage browser in production instead of requiring that internal sites be upgraded.

 The company I work for is the same way. It's what you get when you develop for specific browsers instead of open standards. You get garbage and vendor lock-in. IE sucks. Every time I have to use it for something it is like stepping back into the dark ages. WTF? No tabs???? How the heck can anyone live without tabs?

31 posted on 12/23/2009 8:44:38 AM PST by zeugma (Proofread a page a day: http://www.pgdp.net/)
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