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15 Jun 12 Chrome vs Firefox for Ubuntu


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According to the independent web analytics firm, StatCounter Chrome has excelled as the world most popular browser with the highest browser usage share for the month of May 2012. But does that apply to Linux platform too? Is Chrome the best browser for Linux? The post compares the widely popular Mozilla Firefox browser version 4 with relatively new Google’s Chrome version 16, distinctly for Ubuntu!

Mozilla Firefox comes by default on Linux based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc. Naturally Ubuntu users opt for open source softwares. Technically, Opposed to Mozilla Firefox, Google’s Chrome is closed source; that makes Ubuntu users favour Firefox than Chrome, and that is understandable. Chromium, on the other hand is open source basis of Chrome. But unfortunately it lacks some key features like default PDF plug-in for viewing PDF files in the browser and Flash support. Ubuntu users, primarily supporters of open community also tend to have grudges towards Google, who is alleged to collect and aggregate data of Internet users that is later used by marketing agencies and by Google itself to increase the efficiency of its own marketing/advertising activities. Of course, many detest the fact of having their data sold for advertisement. But apart from that, Firefox outshines Chrome on Ubuntu machine for feature, stability and security. Now let’s investigate further, why Firefox remains dominant in the Ubuntu/ Linux sphere.

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05 Jun 12 When should you upgrade to Internet Explorer 9?


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Question: Is there really any difference between Internet Explorer 8 and 9? Every time I download 9 something goes wrong; is it okay if I keep 8?

Answer: You’d have plenty of company in opting out of IE9 – according to NetApplications’ research, IE8 remains the most widely-used browser version, with 26.2 percent of the market compared to 15.9 percent for its successor.

But those same statistics also show that Microsoft’s horrifyingly obsolete IE6 somehow retains a 7.1 percent share, so don’t draw too many conclusions from them.

The biggest difference between IE8 and 9 is the interface of each. The 2009-vintage IE8 was the last browser release from Microsoft to stick with separate address and search boxes (a design still used by Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari), while IE9 adopted the unified search-plus-address box of Google’s Chrome when it debuted a year later.

That alone makes IE9 a better choice on smaller screens, where its more efficient layout lets you see more of a Web page. But I also found IE9′s toolbar more cluttered than the equivalent interface in Chrome.

The other differences between these two versions are less obvious but more important. IE9 offers better controls for your privacy and makes it easier to discipline plug-ins that delay the browser’s startup and eat available memory. It includes security fixes to protect against unintentional and deliberate software downloads. And it does a much better job of supporting Web standards than IE8.

That last feature may force your decision: Site developers will eventually tire of supporting IE8, especially if most of any one site’s users have moved on to newer software. Google, for example, declared last year that it would only support the current and previous major releases of browsers- which suggests that when IE10 ships as part of Windows 8 later this year, IE8 users may find parts of Gmail don’t work for them.

To put this in more human terms: If friends of yours work in Web development, your continued use of IE8 keeps them at their desks longer.

But what if you just can’t get IE9 to install properly? Look, it happens: Internet Explorer, unlike third-party options like Chrome, Firefox or Safari, functions as an extension of Windows, with a lot more wiring connecting it to the rest of the operating system.

In that case, it’s easier to switch than fight: Install a competing browser and use that as your default. I’d go with Google’s Chrome – and I say this as a skeptic of giving Google too much of your business online. It’s hard to beat Chrome’s efficient operation, clean interface and automatic updates to itself and to its Flash and PDF viewers, two plug-ins that in competing browsers require separate and all-too-frequent updates.

Tip: Two Google alternatives to try

Even if you do switch to Chrome, that doesn’t mean you have to use Google as its default search engine. Microsoft’s Bing is one obvious alternative, with some appealing innovations in areas like “social search”- i.e., results informed by people in your social networks. But you may also want to try two newer contenders: DuckDuckGo brags of much better privacy protection, while Blekko aims to cut down on the uninformative “spammy” content that has infested too many Google search results, especially before recent upgrades by Google.

To its credit, Google has made switching Chrome to these alternatives a five-step process: Visit the search engine’s home page, click the wrench icon in Chrome’s upper-right corner, click “Settings…” from the menu, click the “Manage search engines…” button, and click the “Make default” button that will appear when you hover over a site in that list.

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03 Jun 12 Chrome overtakes Explorer as most preferred user browser





Dubai: Google’s Chrome has dethroned Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the world’s top browser for the first time in May.

According to independent website analytics company StatCounter, Chrome took 32.43 per cent of the worldwide market compared to 32.12 per cent for IE and 25.55 per cent for Firefox.

Although Chrome had edged out IE earlier for shorter periods, the former has been trending up for some time.

Internet Explorer is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, US, China, Australia, Iran and Gulf countries but Chrome is extremely popular in India, Russia, Brazil and South America.

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In the UAE, IE occupies 40.58 per cent market share while Chrome has 34.32 per cent.

The desktop browser space is becoming increasingly competitive as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox continue to eat away market share from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Yahoo has also entered the fray with its own browser, Axis.

“IE is still king in most other regions as it’s the default web browser for Windows machines, which still constitute about 90 per cent of the world’s computers,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the US-based Enderle Group, said.

The browser trends are expected to continue at least until the general release of Internet Explorer 10 later this year. IE10 is tied to the launch of Windows 8, and it may introduce a wild card into the browser game.

“While attention has recently been focused on the battle between Chrome and IE, Mozilla’s Firefox with its loyal membership base should not be underestimated,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO of  StatCounter, said.

He said Chrome has gone from zero to market leader globally in less than four years but Microsoft’s new version (IE9) is performing well.

Enderle said both Google and Microsoft have been marketing their browsers very heavily and this has been a two browser market going back to Netscape.

“It is going to be a daunting task for Firefox to get back in the game. Firefox was the up-and-comer but the user base is moving to Google Chrome. So, Firefox has been swimming upstream.”

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02 Jun 12 Chrome steals second from Firefox in browser wars


Computerworld - Web analytics company Net Applications today changed its May numbers from those posted overnight, and now has Google’s Chrome still in third place, albeit barely behind Mozilla’s Firefox.

Earlier today, the California-based firm had published data that showed Chrome had passed Firefox for the first time, fueled by an increase of 1.3 percentage points to 20.2%. Meanwhile, Net Applications’ preliminary numbers had Firefox falling six-tenths of a point to 19.6%.

The spot swapping came as a surprise: Earlier projections by Computerworld had pointed to a delay in Chrome’s capture of second place, perhaps to as late as August.

Later Friday, Net Applications revised its numbers.

According to the company, Chrome actually accounted for 19.6% of all browsers used in May, an increase of seven-tenths of a point. Firefox’s revised share of 19.7% was a half-point lower than the previous month.

It was the first time that Firefox fell under the 20% mark in Net Applications’ tracking since October 2008.

But even though Net Applications modified its opening browser share numbers to keep Firefox in second, the writing is clearly on the wall: By all trends in the vendor’s data, Chrome will slip by Firefox and actually snare second place some time this month.

If Firefox’s losses remain on the tempo of the last 12 months, Mozilla’s browser share will have shrunk to about 18% by the end of 2012, while Chrome’s will have climbed above 23%.

Net Applications was, if only for several hours, the second major metric company to track Chrome’s run to second. In November 2011, Irish measurement vendor StatCounter said Chrome had passed Firefox in its estimates.

May was flat for Microsoft in Net Applications’ new numbers, although overnight the data had pointed to a half-point loss by Internet Explorer (IE) to end the month at 53.6%. After Net Applications’ revisions, IE accounted for 54.1% of all browsers used worldwide last month, essentially the same as in April.

Within the IE family, IE9 continued its ascent, adding 1.1 percentage points to account for 17% of all browsers on all operating systems. IE8 also posted positive, boosting its share by seven-tenths of point to 26.9%.

The other editions — 2006′s IE7 and the 11-year-old IE6 — lost share in May. IE6, the version Microsoft wants to disappear, lost nearly a point, falling to 6.2%, a record low in Net Applications’ tracking. IE7 shed seven-tenths of a percentage point to drop to 3.4%, also a record.

While the shift toward IE9 can be attributed to the increasing uptake of Windows 7, IE8′s recent rebound is harder to explain. The latter browser has grown its share in four of the first five months of the year compared to only two such months during all of 2011.

Article source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227657/Chrome_steals_second_from_Firefox_in_browser_wars

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01 Jun 12 Chrome or IE? Who Won the May Browser Wars?


Web browsers continued to play a game of thrones last month, but which one took the Internet crown?

Who is king seems up for debate: StatCounter placed Google Chrome at the top of the heap in May, the first time the browser dominated for a full calendar month. Net Applications, however, still had IE as the top browser, followed by Firefox and Chrome.

For May, StatCounter’s data showed more than 15 billion Internet page views — Chrome took 32.43 percent of the worldwide market, compared to 32.12 percent for IE, and 25.55 percent for Firefox.

But Chrome is ringing in June with a barely there global edge on IE, according to StatCounter, which reported that a 0.6 percent switch from IE to Firefox helped push Chrome into first place. May’s Chrome update to the new, stable version of the Google browser is likely a contributing factor, as well.

Net Applications, meanwhile, showed Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome neck-and-neck, separated for second and third places, respectively, by 0.13 percent. IE still reigned supreme at 54.05 percent global market share, according to the site.

In the U.S., Net Applications calculated the Microsoft browser at 56.13 percent for May, while Firefox and Chrome lagged behind with 16.78 percent and 14.48 percent, respectively.

The vast difference in the numbers from Net Applications and StatCounter are primarily due to the use of unique visitors instead of page views, Net Applications spokesman Vince Vizzaccaro wrote in an email.

He indicated that country-level weighting is likely the biggest factor, adding that IE has a very strong market share in the U.S. and China, which carry the largest bases of Internet users.

The fight between stat counters doesn’t mean much to Google, though.

During the D10 expo, Chrome’s senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, said that the browser grew about 300 percent last year, with “hundreds of millions of active users,” according to Engadget.

“We have many ways of looking at it,” he said. “You can argue about the data, but in general I think we have gained substantial mindshare since we’ve launched the product.”

For more, see PCMag’s full reviews of IE9 (slideshow below), Chrome 18, and Firefox 12.

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01 Jun 12 Chrome or IE? Who Won the May Browser Wars?


Web browsers continued to play a game of thrones last month, but which one took the Internet crown?

Who is king seems up for debate: StatCounter placed Google Chrome at the top of the heap in May, the first time the browser dominated for a full calendar month. Net Applications, however, still had IE as the top browser, followed by Firefox and Chrome.

For May, StatCounter’s data showed more than 15 billion Internet page views — Chrome took 32.43 percent of the worldwide market, compared to 32.12 percent for IE, and 25.55 percent for Firefox.

But Chrome is ringing in June with a barely there global edge on IE, according to StatCounter, which reported that a 0.6 percent switch from IE to Firefox helped push Chrome into first place. May’s Chrome update to the new, stable version of the Google browser is likely a contributing factor, as well.

Net Applications, meanwhile, showed Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome neck-and-neck, separated for second and third places, respectively, by 0.13 percent. IE still reigned supreme at 54.05 percent global market share, according to the site.

In the U.S., Net Applications calculated the Microsoft browser at 56.13 percent for May, while Firefox and Chrome lagged behind with 16.78 percent and 14.48 percent, respectively.

The fight between stat counters doesn’t mean much to Google, though.

During the D10 expo, Chrome’s senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, said that the browser grew about 300 percent last year, with “hundreds of millions of active users,” according to Engadget.

“We have many ways of looking at it,” he said. “You can argue about the data, but in general I think we have gained substantial mindshare since we’ve launched the product.”

For more, see PCMag’s full reviews of IE9 (slideshow below), Chrome 18, and Firefox 12.

For more from Stephanie, follow her on Twitter @smlotPCMag.


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24 May 12 Chrome Gains On IE As Browser Is Glue For Google Services


A single day in March foreshadowed news this week that, by one tracker’s measurements, Google Chrome has leapfrogged Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the No. 1 Web browser.

That’s the word from Ireland-based StatCounter, whose figures Microsoft has disputed in the past. To be sure, other trackers still give IE a solid lead.

In fact, it appears that Chrome’s lead again was for a single day, though the trend favors Google. StatCounter had Chrome edging IE on Sunday. Figures for Monday and Tuesday weren’t immediately available.

Chrome remains a priority for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (above) and top company executives. AP

Chrome remains a priority for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (above) and top company executives. AP View Enlarged Image

Still, by passing Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Internet Explorer browser for at least two days in the past three months, Chrome did what its older rivals — Apple‘s (AAPL) Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others — had never been able to do. It unseated the king that’s been atop of the field since overtaking pioneer Netscape in the 1990s.

And as Chrome becomes more popular, observers say the 4-year-old browser seems poised to be a sort of envelope product connecting Google’s Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and other products and helping Google better track users over multiple services.

It’s clear Chrome is quickly gaining ground, says Brian Blau, an analyst with research firm Gartner.

“More than anything, I think people are sick of Microsoft and their lack of innovation,” he said. “They’re thinking about using different software.”

While IE has introduced nine versions in 17 years, Chrome has launched 18 versions in less than four years.

Chrome is one of the “strategic growth areas” and long-term projects “that were seen as crazy when we launched them but now have phenomenal usage,” Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said in an April conference call with analysts to discuss Q1 financial results.

Chrome’s been downloaded more than 200 million times, Page says. The company last quarter launched a version for its Android, the most widely used mobile operating system.

The metric that showed Google surpassing IE that day in March can be misleading, because it was on a weekend, StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement, before Chrome again beat IE this past Sunday. He points out that IE is the default browser for many companies, and is on far more computers than Chrome. Microsoft says it has 48% of the U.S. market for Windows-based computers vs. Chrome’s 15%.

StatCounter’s daily figures in the past couple months give IE weekday leads over Chrome of five, six, seven or more percentage points. The weekends have been very close, though. On Saturday, IE just edged Chrome by .02 percentage point. The figures aim to track global usage by overall browser market share.

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23 May 12 Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as world's most used browser


Google Chrome is now the world’s most popular web browser, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time.

According to the latest figures from StatCounter, after years of slowly chipping away Internet Explorer’s market share, Chrome took the lead with 32.76% share, while IE dipped to 31.94%.

Just a year ago, Internet Explorer was leading the web browser market share with 43%, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 29%, and Chrome was third with 19%. Twelve months later, IE has lost 12% of the browser market share while Chrome gained 13% to the detriment of IE and Firefox, which also lost about 4% of its users and now comes in at just over 25%.

This is not the first time Chrome has leapfrogged Internet Explorer. For a single day in March, Chrome was estimated to have held a few percentage decimals over IE. This time however, Chrome overtook IE for the entire week, though by still less than 1%.

While Chrome is leading the browser market worldwide, in the US it still has a lot of catching up to do. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a wide lead at home with 37%, with Chrome a distant second at 23%, closely followed by Mozilla Firefox 22%.

StatCounter figures are generally reliable, as they are based on data collected from some 15 billion page views around the world. However, these stats can wildly differ from one provider to another, as for example NetMarketShare shows Internet Explorer had 54% share this month, while Chrome has 19%, and Firefox has 20%.

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22 May 12 Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer


Google’s Chrome is now the most popular Web browser worldwide, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter. After years of slowly chipping away Internet Explorer’s market share, Chrome took the lead with 32.76 percent share, while IE dipped to 31.94 percent.

Just a year ago, Internet Explorer was leading the Web browser market share with 43 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 29 percent, and Chrome was third with 19 percent. Twelve months later, IE has lost 12 percent of the browser market share while Chrome gained 13 percent to the detriment of IE and Firefox, which also lost about 4 percent of its users and now comes in at just over 25 percent.

This is not the first time Chrome has leapfrogged Internet Explorer. For a single day in March, Chrome was estimated to have held a few percentage decimals over IE. This time however, Chrome overtook IE for the entire week, though by still less than a percentage point.

While Chrome is leading the browser market worldwide, in the U.S. it still has a lot of catching up to do. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a wide lead at home with 37 percent, with Chrome a distant second at 23 percent, closely followed by Mozilla Firefox 22 percent.

StatCounter figures are generally reliable, as they are based on data collected from some 15 billion page views around the world. However, these stats can wildly differ from one provider to another, as for example NetMarketShare shows Internet Explorer had 54 percent share this month, while Chrome has 19 percent, and Firefox has 20 percent.

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21 May 12 Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer


Google’s Chrome is now the most popular Web browser worldwide, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter. After years of slowly chipping away Internet Explorer’s market share, Chrome took the lead with 32.76 percent share, while IE dipped to 31.94 percent.

Just a year ago, Internet Explorer was leading the Web browser market share with 43 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 29 percent, and Chrome was third with 19 percent. Twelve months later, IE has lost 12 percent of the browser market share while Chrome gained 13 percent to the detriment of IE and Firefox, which also lost about 4 percent of its users and now comes in at just over 25 percent.

This is not the first time Chrome has leapfrogged Internet Explorer. For a single day in March, Chrome was estimated to have held a few percentage decimals over IE. This time however, Chrome overtook IE for the entire week, though by still less than a percentage point.

While Chrome is leading the browser market worldwide, in the U.S. it still has a lot of catching up to do. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a wide lead at home with 37 percent, with Chrome a distant second at 23 percent, closely followed by Mozilla Firefox 22 percent.

StatCounter figures are generally reliable, as they are based on data collected from some 15 billion page views around the world. However, these stats can wildly differ from one provider to another, as for example NetMarketShare shows Internet Explorer had 54 percent share this month, while Chrome has 19 percent, and Firefox has 20 percent.

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