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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

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  12097 votes / 39%
  13496 votes / 43%
Internet Explorer
  843 votes / 2%
  1608 votes / 5%
  972 votes / 3%
Other (List in comments)
  458 votes / 1%
I don't browse from a desktop
199 votes / 0%
  1144 votes / 3%
30817 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

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  • 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

  • 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+.

  • Re:Chrome but... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rueger (210566) on Sunday December 08, 2013 @03:12AM (#45631177) Homepage
    I'll second that about Google, and how they're making Chrome less attractive.. I did give Firefox a spin a couple of weeks ago, and the one thing that I really missed was Chrome's omnibox - one place for URLS, search terms - anything. It's just so simple. Somehow keeping the search box and the URL box separate seems backward.
  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

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