I have always been a fan of FireFox. Not only a fan but a heated supporter of FireFox in comparison to Internet Explorer. Most of the time I felt very justified in this stance. Mozilla: less bugs, more plug-ins, a myriad of themes and customization. Robust programming. A challenge to the juggernaut, Microsoft. This I felt until the latest (and I felt finest) release of FireFox landed on my harddrive; at first it was a magnificent upgrade to an already fine app. That is until the bugs revealed themselves: lost favorites, no homepage loaded on boot, the disabling of some of my fave non-Mozilla apps I use everyday. Enough was enough.
I ventured to try the rumored new release of Internet Explorer, and do you know what-- it is quite nice. It is designed to fully operate with my XP, not try to run just enough then contradict its priority. A browser is only just that-- a browser.
The Open Source community will issue diatribes against Microsoft (and many are justified) but after my experience(s) with Unix\Linux, I find these operating systems almost unbearable to work with and remain productive. Many would argue otherwise. I pray I am never paid to work on such a system professionally. But, maybe I will change my view someday with the correct exposure and qualified teachers\mentors.
I love the idea of Open Source and I try to stay involved to an extent on low-level dev projects in the coding community but I see most of linux releases to be botique, clone versions of one-another all hoping to create a software landslide via pure numbers.
My Windows XP can be better, sure (as ALL code could be) but I use her everday, I use the MS C++ compiler everday, and it allows my system(s) to run at workhorse levels. Routine maintenance keeps the engine humming along.
Who has used the latest FireFox build and the new I.E.? What do you think about them in comparison?