Ars Technica Mac OS X Browser Smackdown

Wednesday August 27th, 2003

Several readers got in touch with news that PC enthusiast site Ars Technica is running a Mac OS X browser comparison, in which four of the nine featured programs are Mozilla-based applications. The Mozilla Application Suite 1.4, Mozilla Firebird 0.6.1, Camino 0.7 and Netscape 7.1 are pitted against Internet Explorer 5.2.3, Safari 1.0, OmniWeb 4.5, iCab 2.9.5 and Opera 6.0.2. The Mozilla-based browsers fare well, though the author of piece laments the slow pace of Camino development, saying that it "would be the best OS X browser if it had feature parity with the other Gecko-based browsers."

#7 Re: Am I the only one...

by pnh

Thursday August 28th, 2003 7:02 PM

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Was said: If there are other reasons (such as load time of the application, etc.) these should have been mentioned to make the case. This is like showing a P4 beating an Athlon in 100% of the benchmarks and then concluding that the Athlon "wins" because it has a cooler sticker. Argh.

B*** S***. OS integration is a lot more then just a sticker. And there's a lot more to a browser then simply standards support (not that support is as bad as you make it sound in Safari either). By far Safari is the tightest of the bunch... only it and OW use the spell checker in forms, theres bookmark syncing/backup with .mac and other machines :: these items were mentioned. It also did better on (read: didn't crash) one or two sites the author liked to use which i'm sure also brought it up higher in his eyes.

Personally, if i were to find the article flawed in any way it would be that i didn't think the author spent enough time with *0.6.1* to notice how broke its ui still was on OS X and thus give it a lower score then its gecko brothers.

(and before anyone juumps on me.. i understand FB/OS X is new and i konw its UI has gotten a lot less broke since 0.6.1 but still sucked with that release)