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poll for most used or favored Internet Browser was posted recently. And to say the result was an eye opener in putting it mildly.
The favorite among BBR users hands down is an open source browser, Mozilla Firefox. This stand alone browser is a well put together multi-operating system browser, with forums and individuals looking for and offering up useful extensions to the browser itself. Mozilla Firefox is customizable for each individiuals' taste, be it "Plain Jane" out of the box ready to go, or in some cases, loaded up with extensions and a variety of themes to please even the most novice among us.
Mozilla Firefox easily beat out the next favorite browser, Internet Explorer by a margin of more than 2 to 1 in the poll. While Internet Explorer is tightly tied into the Windows operating system enviroment, there is a version for the Apple Mac users. It is an older version, and one that will not be updated by Microsoft anytime soon, if at all.
**It should also be noted here, that Internet Explorer in it's current incarnation of IE6 SP1 will not be updated with latest security features found in the browser in Windows XP, 2003 Server and Vista operating systems. Bear this in mind when making your decisions.**
This then brings up our third place browser, Opera. This is also a multi-operating system browser, offering itself to Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2 and QNX. This browser is also customizable, with Opera endorsed extensions and themes. If you visit the Opera Community, you can get help in any area you might have a question about, including editing the Opera .js files.
While there were votes for the Safari browser, that particular browser is tied strictly to the Apple Operating System.
There a host of other browsers out there, some for Windows only systems, some for Linux/Unix only systems, and then some that are cross platformed. The choice comes down to what your favorite is, what you are most comfortable with, and what is compatible with your Operating System.
For more information, click on the following links of the browser you're interested in and see if it fits your requirements.
Other places for information on making a browser selection can be found from the Mozillazine Forums on the latest open source offerings, including Galeon, Camino, Beonex, K-Meleon, Seamonkey and even Netscape.
Our very own Software forums, Mozilla forums, Microsoft Help forum, All Things Unix forum, and last but certainly not least, All Things Macintosh forum.
Each forum has users who can offer their advice and point you in the right direction in making your decision on a browser.
The only thing holding you back is you, so dig in and enjoy. You might be surprised to find something here you like and will want to use day in and day out.
Note: Links verified as of 08-19-05