Speedy Firefox challenges Safari

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When Steve Jobs first introduced Safari he hightlighted the speed the Apple-made browser loaded pages compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Indeed, Safari proved to not only be a fast browser, but it also brought new features to Mac Internet surfers making the browsing experience much nicer.

Yesterday, the Mozilla Organization made available Firefox Preview Release 1.0 to the general public. Like many other people I have used Firefox in the past, but to be honest it just never did anything for me. I use Safari and Camino on a full time basis with no clear winner as to what I like best. (Somebody needs to bring IE's Scrapbook feature to the Mac, that was cool).

When I downloaded Firefox I was amazed at the speed it had rendering pages. Even on sites like Apple's online store, which typically load slow even in Safari, Firefox ripped through it in no time. Sites that contain mostly text weren't even much of a challenge for Firefox at all.

I remember my favorite browser being Netscape 2.0.2 -- I know, that goes back quite a way. The thing I liked most about it was the speed. It was a bare bones, fast as snot Web browser. (Of course, you had to Force Quit every 10 minutes because it would freeze, but I still liked it). With Netscape 3.0 they ruined my fast browser by integrating all kinds of features that I didn't want or need.

Firefox 1.0 has some cool features like pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, a Google search window built into the toolbar, privacy tools, and RSS integration. This is exactly what I need in a browser: some of the newest, coolest, non-bloated technologies and a fast browser. Good job Firefox team.

Firefox won't replace Safari for me, mainly because I like Safari's interface better, but Firefox is in my Dock now.

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