December 20, 2004
Firefox or Safari
Tim Bray is talking about switching from Safari to Firefox. I'm in a similar position. I use Firefox on Windows and Linux, and have it installed on my iBook. It's great to have the same piece of software on every computer I use. But I much as I would like to use it full time on my Mac I can't.
Why? Because it crashes. Regularly. I haven't managed to figure out the exact cause, but it usually happens when a new window is popped up or when editing in a text box. I dutifully send the crash reports to mozilla.org and would file a bug report, except I can't (of course) reliably recreate the crash.
I also miss the status line at the bottom of the window that you get with Firefox. In Safari there is no easy way (that I know of) to see the URL of a link before you click on it.
My final gripe is that I'm not mad keen on the bookmark functionality in Safari. Even more so when compared to the del.icio.us plug-in for Firefox. It's a thing of beauty that gives you your del.icio.us bookmarks in a sidebar and in a context menu.
So until I can get Firefox to stop crashing on me I'm using Safari.
Posted by Andy Todd at December 20, 2004 10:57 AM