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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

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Internet Explorer
  843 votes / 2%
  1608 votes / 5%
  972 votes / 3%
Other (List in comments)
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I don't browse from a desktop
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

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  • Firechrome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 08, 2013 @12:34AM (#45630753)

    I use Firefox and Chrome, because both are broken in different ways.

    Almost makes me fond of the AOL days, it's so frustrating.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Almost makes me fond of the AOL days, it's so frustrating.

      You know what really annoyed me about AOL and every other firm that does business like them: you could sign up instantaneously with one of their CDs and a credit card but to cancel their service required it be done in writing and took 2 months - and they billed you for those two months.

      Of course, it made Steve Case a billionaire when he suck...convinced Time Warner to buy it.

      I had a B-School professor who owned a website - doesn't matter what because many websites do business this way:

      1. Offer a 2 week free

    • by bobjr94 (1120555)
      I use both also but more like my wife's accounts are signed into Chrome, I use it when she asks me to check something or upload some pictures. I use Waterfox (64 bit firefox) on all my pc's and laptops. However for mobile, Dolphin is about all I use.
    • Same here. Chrome locked me in through my Google account, and I use Firefox for work related stuff and some websites i like to keep separated (at home).

      • by ackthpt (218170)

        Same here. Chrome locked me in through my Google account, and I use Firefox for work related stuff and some websites i like to keep separated (at home).

        Chrome is like Democracy, the worst solution except all the alternatives. I'd like Chrome a lot better if Google would stop changing things for the worse. I swear it was at its peak about 2 years ago. It is seriously aggravating now.

    • by antdude (79039)

      It is always good to have a back up web browser. For me, it is whatever OS came with like IE in Windows, Safari in Mac OS X, etc. On my own machines, I always use Mozilla's SeaMonkey [].

      • Seamonkey.
        Firefox if I absolutely have to, but given the chance I open up about:config and reset the critical values. Thinking about it, I should create a user.js file and carry it around on my USB-stick.

        • Yeah, I've got a list of about 7 about:config options to unfuck every time I install a new copy of Firefox too :P

          Not a single new feature I've wanted or needed since 3.5 at the latest. Wish somebody would fork it.

    • I use Chrome as the lesser of two evils. Face it: everybody who is in the browser business has an agenda.

      Almost makes me fond of the AOL days, it's so frustrating.

      I remember a flight (circa 1995) when I got an AOL trial floppy disk with my complimentary bag of peanuts and lousy coffee.


  • Pale Moon (Score:5, Insightful)

    by runeghost (2509522) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @12:46AM (#45630797)
    Pale Moon reminds me of how Firefox used to work, and these days I find it far superior. Also, honorable mentions to Lynx, which I do have installed and sometimes use out of sheer nostalgia, and to look at the web from a different angle. Web pages have become so... cluttered.
    • Re:Pale Moon (Score:5, Informative)

      by theCoder (23772) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @07:54AM (#45631873) Homepage Journal

      I was curious about Pale Moon, so I googled it. Turns out it's a Firefox build optimized for Windows. They disabled some stuff they didn't think most people would need and enabled compiler optimizations that might exclude some older machines. See technical details [].

      No Linux version, though :(

      • by eggstasy (458692)

        That IS the whole point... building a 64-bit browser that's lean and fast. I don't want options and features and backward compatibility with 10 year old computers, I want the bare minimum that will run most sites acceptably. Note: "most". We shouldn't be burdened with obscure cases where people are still using IE 5.5 proprietary javascript extensions or dot-com era shorthand HTML notations.

    • Other options (Score:4, Insightful)

      by coder111 (912060) <coder@[ ] ['rrm' in gap]> on Monday December 09, 2013 @06:51AM (#45638003)
      How about Iceweasel (Debian build of Firefox, 64 bit).

      Or other option- Chromium (Chrome with most of the Evil removed).

      Should they count as separate browsers?

  • Mozilla's suite! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by antdude (79039) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @01:04AM (#45630851) Homepage Journal

    SeaMonkey []. Yes, I still use this bloated one since I use e-mails, usenet/newsgroups, web browsers, etc. :P

    • by jez9999 (618189)

      SeaMonkey for me too, but because it maintains a more comprehensive browser chrome than modern Firefox.

  • I use Firefox with Pentadactyl []. That way I don't care what UI changes Mozilla is making.

    Cause with Pentadactyl the only Firefox UI that shows, is the Tab bar.

    But I get all the advantages of Firefox: use of gstreamer for mp3 support, and much more.

  • For enrolling in health benefits (not Obamacare as it happens), managing my bank statement, etc, I use Internet Explorer. Not because I trust Microsoft, but because I know the provider is going to focus on making their application work correctly with IE. I don't want some subtle discrepancy in browser behavior to route my transaction to underspace. I don't care if it is Microsoft who is not following the standard, they are the de facto standard for most of these services.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @02:03AM (#45631025)

    I've used Firefox for a lot of years, but lately I'm finding I prefer WebKit more. I did try Chrome for a while, but Google is just getting too pushy.

    The web developer bits used to always pull me back to Firefox. Nowadays similar tools are available for most browsers though.

  • Opera, but.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 08, 2013 @02:10AM (#45631041)

    I used Opera most of the year, but recently switched to firefox.
    Opera 12.16 was good for a while but far too many websites were nagging me about me browsing supposedly not working on them properly and often I had issues with a page's formatting not displaying properly.
    Ever since Opera Desktop team switched from Presto over to Chronium for their latest releases (15+), Opera has been lacking every features that even retained me into using the browser(mail, irc, bookmarks, etc...), which was why I stayed on 12.16... But I couldn't take it anymore, it was truly starting to show it's age, especially in the HTML5 department.
    And thus, I switched over to Firefox about 2 weeks ago, installed a few extensions like Speed Dial, All-In-One Sidebar, Scrapbook, Chatzilla, Greasemonkey, Firegestures, undo closed tab button... To make it closer to what Opera 12 was to me. I'm just sad I lost my integrated email client, but Thunderbird + close to tray extensions filled that gap.
    And after a few tweaking around, I've basically transformed Firefox into what Opera was/should've been, I'm happy again. It's not perfect, but still better than what they did with Opera 15+.

    • I use Opera because so many web sites are broken. Note that I didn't say Opera was broken. I want to know when sites are stupid, so Opera is the perfect canary in the coal mine.

      Site won't load without Javascript? Thanks for letting me know. I immediately reconsider whether I want to load the site at all. Ever.

      I turn on Javascript again and give the site a try. "This site is best with some other browser..." Ok, thanks for the warning. Do I really REALLY want to load this site? Also, make a menta
    • by locopuyo (1433631)
      I'm still on 12.15 64-bit. It still has the vast majority of the latest HTML5 and CSS features and I haven't found many sites that I can't use with it yet. The sites that do stupid checks to stop me from using it are easily bypassed using the built in scripting support (similar to the greasemonkey plugin for other browsers).
      The only feature it is really lacking is GPU acceleration.

      They should have waited until they implemented more features in the Blink version before they made it the new official vers
    • I love Opera to orgasmic levels, but 2013 just wasn't the year for Opera (although tab stacks was a really cool feature added). They've been really letting the Linux community down, and because I use Linux almost exclusively (except for those rare moments where I have to RDP into a customer's server during work), it's a big let down. I ended up voting for Chrome, and I'd say that 2013 was definitely the year for Chrome. Firefox didn't change negatively or positively for me.
  • by mlts (1038732) * on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:10AM (#45631171)

    On Windows, I usually use one Web browser in a VM, sandboxed, or both for general browsing. For banking, and other sensitive services, I fire up a different Web browser in a different VM/sandbox. This way, it provides some isolation. It isn't a complete solution, but so far, has worked pretty well, especially with all the Web browsers having ad-blocking extensions built in.

    If one does sandbox, have the data stored on a different volume. This way, if some rogue program tries creating a loop or filling the filesystem with junk files, the sandbox can be killed, the filesystem reformatted, and things restarted.

  • TabMixPlus and the built in tab groups make it possible for me to just leave things open to read later. Close and open Firefox and the tabs are back as they were as I left them. Bookmarks are ok for long term keeping of pages I may want to view again, but leaving tabs open makes me more likely to actually view it again during the upcoming Great Tab Purge of 2014.

    I just wish that middle click wasn't stuck on the harder to click scroll wheel.

    • Pshh--with Tree-Style Tabs, I've had up to 600 open. Thank God Firefox no longer loads tabs until you switch to them ;)

  • by RR (64484) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:45AM (#45631263)

    Chrome is becoming evil for the Web. Patent-encumbered video codecs, Native Client, and now they're joining with Microsoft in promoting DRM. The Mozilla Foundation continues to promote an open and accessible Internet.

    Also, I got tired of how I can't control Chrome's font rendering. It looks stupid on my monitor in portrait mode. With the bizarrely decreasing stability of Chrome in the middle of 2012, it was easy to switch to Firefox.

    • Agree with this. I use Firefox simply because I don't trust for-profit groups and avoid them as much as I can. It's a shame, because Chrome is a pretty slick browser and would be fun to try, but even when I do, I'd have this horrible nagging feeling that Google is spying on me in whatever way it has been engineered to do (even if I'm using Chromium instead).

      Though I still think Firefox is better from a technical standpoint anyways. The speed and memory footprint have improved drastically for quite a while,

    • by GrBear (63712)

      Everytime I get fed up with Google's spying on everyone, I try Firefox again. Each time I end up going to Chrome simple because Firefox runs so much visibly slower, and crashes much more often.

      Thankfully I found Comodo Dragon and haven't looked back at either since.

  • by joshd (38011) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @04:15AM (#45631337)

    I'd be interested to see how this lines up with Slashdot's web user logs....

    • by rgmoore (133276)
      Best guess: not at all close, if only because some people wind up using multiple browsers and can't report their usage accurately.
    • by twocows (1216842)
      I use Firefox at home and IE at work. I imagine I am not alone in this.
  • by Misagon (1135) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @04:55AM (#45631443)

    Like Chrome, but does not phone home to Google.

    • by Lennie (16154)

      Chromium has leaked identifying information to Google before, I think it's asking for problems running Chromium.

      • Citation needed.
        • by Lennie (16154)

          Seems my Google foo or Bing foo for that matter isn't strong enough to find the bug right now.

          It was one bug years ago, where update checks or submission of telemetry information (the last one could even be opt-in) went to a google domain and by mistake would include the normal cookies it would send for that domain.

          I do remember it didn't apply to everyone, so that could be because of the telemetry opt-in or because not everyone regularly visits that Google domain.

          Also I don't know how long that bug existed

  • As that is my main browser; I have plenty of plugins, eg: noscript, ghostery. However I also use opera for those sites where it is too much of a pain to work out what scripts/references to allow, etc -- and then get it to forget everything once I have viewed the site. The combination works well at maintaining privacy.

    Firefox has good plugins that help with web development, but Opera's Dragonfly is very much worth using as a complimentary tool. I also use Lynx to check pages, partly because it shows me how s

  • oh Opera, why..? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 08, 2013 @07:43AM (#45631837)

    Been using Opera since v5 days in early 2001 and still remember the big banner it had back then as the company moved to a free but adware supported version.

    I've lovingly used Opera due to its mouse gestures, tabs (many tab placement options, the more recent grouping features), session manager, and good customization for key bindings, resisting the complete switch to other more well 'web-supported' browsers when it's rendering wasn't good on some sites I was frequently browsing, always using it as the main browser.

    This year however they decided to switch to the Chrome rendering engine.. and have since (seemingly) forgotten about us Linux users, with no (new) Linux version available since v12 in July before the transition, while the Windows/Mac versions are now up to v18 (and v19 developer preview). There have been rumors of a Linux version but no concrete proof there will ever be one, and soon I will jump ship to another browser which is showing good care for Linux users.

    Goodbye Opera.. I'll be very sorry to see you go.

    • by Lennie (16154)

      So what is your plan ? what will you be moving to if there will be no Opera for Linux ?

    • by JustNiz (692889)

      why dont you just stick with an the latest(last) version of Opera for Linux? What actually is your need to upgrade?

    • by locopuyo (1433631)
      They also forgot about just about every single feature that was in Opera 12. It is basically chromium with speed dial and very basic non-customizable and buggy mouse gestures.
  • While I mostly use Firefox, I have an old mac mini, and there I use the 3rd party "Keep firefox working on PowerPC, because they won't" TenFourFox

  • by OffTheLip (636691) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @09:24AM (#45632173)
    Like many IT professionals I use a combination of Firefox (everyday browsing), Chrome (gmail) and IE (OWA webmail for work). Choose the right tool for the job. I've used Chrome with the IE Tab extension but OWA is much better with IE. Ditto for gmail, Chrome seems to be better.
    • by arth1 (260657)

      As a network professional, few things beats telnet to port 80 and openssl s_client to port 443. Or a non-switching hub and packet sniffing.
      Nothing beats seeing what is [i[really[/i[ sent. And quite often, errors are due to developers not understanding the underlying technologies and what happens behind the scenes,
      One of the reoccurring problems I see are developers who think that when they send a cookie to a client, they are guaranteed to get that cookie back, and that it can be trusted to always follow

  • by multimediavt (965608) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @09:45AM (#45632245)
    I do web development so I use most of the graphical browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome) to regularly check sites as I build and as I maintain with new features over time. IE still sucks out loud, Chrome is getting annoying, Firefox, Opera and Safari keep plodding along. I also check mobile devices with standard browsers on them as well. Makes for a long QA cycle some times. :)
  • I've used it for years on *nix with on decrepid old Pentium II laptops, but never considered it for more powerful machines, sticking with Opera or Firefox. As I've become more unhappy with both, I've looked at Midori again.

    The rendering engine is ridiculously fast, HTML5 support works well (better than Opera 12.15), WebGL works well and you can use Greasemonkey scripts. With the built in plugins you can block JS as well as ads.

    The only caveat is that flash is a bit delicate on it. Other than that, Midori is

  • We have 2% of liars on /.
  • by Lord Dreamshaper (696630) <> on Sunday December 08, 2013 @02:37PM (#45633721)
    I'll use whichever browser NSA says they can't decrypt...they wouldn't lie to me, right?
  • Other: SeaMonkey (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DERoss (1919496) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:13PM (#45633879)

    My preferred browser is SeaMonkey. It has the same "guts" as Firefox but a different user interface that I consider far superior to Firefox. By "guts", I mean the same HTML rendering engine, the same Internet interface, the same SSL processes, and often the same third-party extensions. However, SeaMonkey allows experienced users to tailor the browser in ways that Firefox does not.

    It appears that Mozilla has been slowly "dumbing down" Firefox. In the process, the developers have also gone overboard in attempting to make Firefox super-safe for users, which is the main cause of the loss of tailoring. This safety is not restricted to browsing the Web safely but also in configuring the user's own computer. This sometimes means a loss of functionality, overcome by a proliferation of third-party extensions.

    Overall, many experienced users feel that Mozilla is trying to make Firefox too similar to Chrome in order to compete against Chrome. What Mozilla refuses to accept is the fact that, if a user wants Chrome, that user will install Chrome and not Firefox.

    So far, Sea Monkey has been able to avoid these Firefox deficiencies.

  • by QuietLagoon (813062) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:14PM (#45633887)
    I wonder how the tally of the browser agent strings for those who took this survey compares to the votes cast? I expect there to be some differences, but the overall comparison would be interesting....
    • by DERoss (1919496)

      With both Firefox and SeaMonkey, it is very easy to spoof agent strings, to lie to Web servers by indicating I am using some browser that I have not installed. Actually, the default configuration of SeaMonkey has the user string
                Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:25.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/25.0 SeaMonkey/2.22.1
      which says it is both Firefox and SeaMonkey.

      • by Xtifr (1323)

        it is very easy to spoof agent strings

        Indeed. Anyone who actually thinks I'm running Mosiac v42.0 is probably very confused! ;)

  • From IE9 on it has seemed like the least broken to me.

  • This goes kind of to the embedded/minimalistic world, but does anyone use Dillo []?
  • I use Chrome mainly, but I find FF to be more stable on various web sites. I would probably use FF more, but I like how Chrome handles tabs better and I really like Chrome remembering every setting, bookmark, installed add on etc.
  • Have been using Opera since the early days when Netscape was king, but bloated, and IE was a fiasco...
    I even paid $30 for it... If they would have taken a free, as in beer, stance in the days of the Netscape ie battle, we might all be using it now.
    Which I still do.
  • by Morpeth (577066) on Monday December 09, 2013 @12:07AM (#45636733)

    Chrome had won me over (some of the 'features' of Firefox in the last year or two, started bugging me -- slowing responsiveness, what felt like bloatware, and some stability issues) BUT, then as I've followed Google more closely since the NSA - Snowden thing broke, and learned how cozy Google has gotten with what to me are very dubious PACs and government officials, as well as their horrific lack of respect for privacy --- Firefox has called me back

  • Since Safari for Windows was deprecated, I've found myself missing it. I keep the ultimate version installed, but I've been forced onto Firefox, as even iCloud has dropped support for Safari.

    It had a better memory footprint than Chrome or Safari, and didn't choke under a heavy tab load (hundreds). Apple's 64-bit-first philosophy probably had something to do with that, even on Windows. And it was snappier. Chrome pulled me off it for a while, but then it got slow and bloated and now I only ever use Chrom

  • book marks, form fields, awsomebar completion, etc. synced between linux, windows and android without any effort. I use FireFox if I want the web developer features, which are slicker
  • by GrBear (63712) on Monday December 09, 2013 @10:49AM (#45639209)

    All the benefits of Google Chrome (speed, add-ons and stability) without the Google spyware shit.

  • Because it sucks the least for what I do. They've ALL become fugly, bloated messes that add crap and remove good features willy-nilly; made worse by an accelerated release schedule. At least Safari only gets worse once or twice a year.

    I'm patiently waiting for the day (that has been promised for decades) when software will be completely modular and I can pick and choose what I want. Safari 5.0.5 was great, but the way it handles JavaScript is death on the current web.

    Safari 6.1 would be mostly great if "dow

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