Open Source Browsers Shine in Webware's Prizefight


Webware has an interesting post up today called “Prizefight: Battle of the Browsers.” It’s a slightly less than scientific comparison of Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer–and in the video Webware has posted, they admit that–but it still yields interesting results.

In Webware’s comparison, Google Chrome emerges as the fastest of the four browsers, and here are some of the other results.

A few days ago, I posted about Webware’s Javascript-centric tests on browsers, where Firefox 3.1 (beta) emerged as the fastest one tested. Those tests were very Javascript-intensive though. In overall speed, the new Webware comparison finds Chrome fastest.

In the other three categories that Webware evaluated the browsers in, though–security, customization, and “killer feature”–Firefox achieves clean sweeps. I definitely agree with Webware’s determination that Firefox gets the nod in customization because of the huge galaxy of extensions for it, but I actually think Chrome’s ability to keep the browser from crashing if one tab goes down earns it the nod in the “killer feature” category. It’s worth watching the fairly complete comparison in Webware’s video.  In any case, it’s good to see two open source browsers getting kudos for innovation.

Chrome, by the way, is out in a third update of its beta. It will be automatically pushed to you if you’re running the browser. Also, over on the OStatic blog, we’ve put together a large collection of tips and resources for Chrome. You’ll find a free application for backing up and restoring user profiles for Chrome, tips on customizing the browser, ways to surf anonymously in Chrome, a lightweight version for a USB thumb drive, and more.

By the way, my previous post on Webware’s speed tests produced more than 20 comments from readers who lamented the fact that Opera was left out. It is included in the video comparison, but doesn’t fare well in any of the four categories.



As much as I’m gaga for google, I don’t like chrome at all. When my chrome crashed, a single tab didn’t go down, they all did. So I’m not really sure what that feature is all about. And my OperaUSB is faster on a thumb drive…

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