… it sure is one fat bastard of a web browser! I’ve just been in the habit of using it but Thomas convinced me the other day to drop the browser like a bad habit and switch to, of course, Safari. In fact, the trick is to avoid launching Firefox at all, which after a few days practice I’ve been able to achieve.
The bottom line is Firefox is very un-Mac-like. It’s dead slow, takes ages to launch, is memory ravenous and even with no extensions installed, crashes all the time. For the record I’m using 184.108.40.206 on a Mac Book Pro with 2GB RAM and 2.16Ghz cpu. To be fair I use a few browser-heavy apps, like Google Reader, Geni and Google Calendar. Well all these work perfectly in Safari, and if you use WebKit and the WebKitDeveloperExtras you don’t even miss Firebug and the Web Developer extension.
Is switching worth it? I think so. Since the changeover it’s like having a new, comfy pair of shoes, or losing 10kgs – great feeling! The speedup is immense, I’d estimate Safari is between 2 and 5 times faster then Firefox in terms of launching, opening new tabs, switching tabs, viewing src, etc.
Ironically I had to use Firefox to write this entry, HtmlArea used by Serendipity does not work in Safari And apologies to PC users who of course can’t use Safari, but they can switch to a Mac 😉