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With the ever increasing number of web browsers, is there one that Botball people tend to agree is the best? I personally am a fan of Chrome, but I am willing to use Safari or Firefox when Chrome is unavailable.

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I like Opera. Here is a video of Opera in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaT7thTxyq8

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Ha! That's funny. I'm glad Opera is faster than a potato. But really, what tech specs of Opera are particularly great?

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@TBTF, stop spamming. 3 consecutive posts in the same thread within circa 20 minutes is not acceptable; just edit your post next time. Duplicate posts deleted. I was nice enough to copy your content into the latest post... not all of the Community site moderators are this nice.

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I'm actually a vegetarian. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
Daniel, I think the most important part of a web browser is the user experience, which no specs can classify.

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@Daniel, Chrome by default sends every URL visited back to Google. Among other things, Google uses this to spider every website visited by Chrome users (including sites using sensitive query strings). This contributed to a security problem at InstaWallet, a Bitcoin banking website. InstaWallet accounts are uniquely identified by their query string. When Chrome users accessed their InstaWallet accounts, those query strings got spidered by Google, which means that if you search Google for all pages on the InstaWallet domain, you get access to those users' money.

Besides causing banking security issues, this is a major privacy issue in general. It's generally not good to send a company a list of every URL you visit.

To my knowledge Firefox does not do this. I believe Chromium and Opera don't do it either, but don't quote me on that. This is a reason I avoid Chrome.

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Huh that is interesting. Did not know that. I guess that would be why suggested adds and searches work so well. How stable is Chromium at the moment as it is open sourced?

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Um.... Daniel... Firefox is open sourced. Open sourcing a project does not induce instability. It allows peer review of the code so the original coder(s) don't have to do all the leg work. In general, if a project is open source, more people work on it and more gets done. The only reason Windows has a bigger market share than Linux is because Microsoft has lots of money to pay people to work on it full time and to propagandize its greatness. If Red Hat (a Linux company) had that much money, we all would be using Linux and loving it.

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Yeah I know. I just thought it was newer and was assuming that an open-sourced project would go public before it was as stable as it would be if a company released it. But I could be wrong.

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Well I use Firefox, but that is just my opinion. I like it so much I have not got a virus, while when I used Internet Explorer I got so many viruses that I could use that laptop anymore. Although Chrome is my next choice. I also download a lot of stuffs, so that might effect my experience. I would say no to Internet Explorer, but Chrome and Firefox are my choice.

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To be honest, I think Mozilla Firefox is one of the best browsers out there. Just as Marta Rand said, its open-source. For me, though, I like using Chrome the most because it is fast and even though Google loves spying, the clean interface makes it all worth it to me. But, it is a matter of preference. For productivity purposes, Firefox seems like the best. If you are talking about mobile, Dolphin seems like the route to go.