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Posted by me on the Washington Post:
After reading through all of the comments here and sorting out the good and bad, I thought that I would throw in my 2 cents here.
I've been using Firefox for a long time now. All of the main browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera) have had their ups and downs over recent years. IE is the 'easiest' to use because everyone makes sure that things work for it ... whether standards compliant or not! Opera has very fast rendering and is a fine piece of free software ... but with limited customization.
Which brings me to the reason I use Firefox. First, no matter what certain "stats" say, I AM safer using Firefox because IE is prone to 'drive-by' installs. I have been using Firefox since Phoenix 0.7 and have NEVER had the security problems that my IE-using counterparts did.
Second, I cannot live without the great extensions that are offered for Firefox. There can really be no argument that Firefox is "hands down" the most 'modular' browser out there. The extent of available customization and browser addons (especially for blocking web annoyances) is unparalleled by any other browser. If you think Firefox is leaking memory, spend $30 and stuff some more in your machine, "cheapy". I have 1 gig/memory and use a bunch of addons in Firefox and have never had a noticeable memory problem with it.
Because I feel there are really no blatant security flaws in Firefox that do not usually show up in IE too, I couldn't imagine giving up Firefox's addon features for ANY reason. I'll take Firefox with its minor problems over any of its competitors ... anyday!
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Posted by: rick752 | January 6, 2007 04:10 PM