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Haudegen said:
Another soul lost to the corporate behemoths? ;) Keep the web open, don't let the big corporations with solely commercial interests shape the web of the future. A strong browser with a non commercial background is more than important, IMHO.
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shadowmaster said:
Hahaha... right.

Regardless of their corporate sponsoring, Chromium and Webkit are open-source, and AFAIK they are active participants in the definition of current and upcoming web standards. And in any case, let’s not forget where Firefox comes from.
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Haudegen said:
Just one example: Chrome does not implement the "Do Not Track" header. I think it's available as an extension, but nevertheless, Google is following it's own agenda here. Open source or not, Chrome's sole purpose is to increase shareholder value (OK, that sounds a bit radical ;).

I think it's very important to have a strong non profit player in this area. IMHO, these "political" aspects should be part of the decision. Maybe you still end up using Chrome, that's fine with me. My impression is that you are a thoughtful person and you considered all of this anyway. I just wanted to complement your post, I think it's more complete now.

PS: I'm in no way connected to Mozilla. This may sound like an ad, but it's just my private opinion.
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shadowmaster said:
I am not too concerned about the DNT option since it’s the digital equivalent of walking through robbers turf carrying a “don’t rob me” sign on the back, but I have always had the opinion that Chrome/Chromium’s primary purpose is teaching clueless non-techies in the future that Google = The Internet. It’s always felt awfully reminiscent of Microsoft’s strategy in the nineties, and this still bothers me greatly.

On the other hand, I tend to value products for their technological merits over any associated politics since I am a user at the end of the day, not a bearded preacher of freedom. Some of Mozilla’s own long-term strategies [1] make me feel terribly neglected as a user. And everything I have seen and read since Mozilla Firefox 4 has only reinforced the notion in my mind that they are purposefully neglecting the Linux crowd in general. I am well aware of the ecosystem limitations (e.g. X11, some of Mesa’s DRI2 drivers and some target hardware aren’t really suitable for page rendering acceleration), but I still feel it’s all highly unfair.

And really, Mozilla does have a—rather literal—corporate side, and it’s not pretty [2].

[1] http://shadowm.rewound.net/blog/archives/191-Firefox-is-dead,-long-live-Firefox.html
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=354622
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Haudegen said:
You make some very good points. Nevertheless, I think the concentration of information and therefor power in companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple is not healthy. Even if Mozilla isn't perfect itself, I prefer it to having Google build one of the most important programs on my (desktop) machines in addition to their web services I (have to) use.

I agree with your concerns regarding the Linux support, but this time I'll be pragmatic. I couldn't care less about their app store (or however they named it). The rendering is fast for me, and it gets better with every version.

From your tweets I understand that your transition to Chromium also shows technical difficulties. Would you mind elaborating on that?
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shadowmaster said:
> From your tweets I understand that your transition to Chromium also shows technical difficulties. Would you mind elaborating on that?

There we go:

http://shadowm.rewound.net/blog/archives/238-Unswitching-browsers.html

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