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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 and would file a bug report, except I can't (of course) reliably recreate the crash.

So I'm stuck in an inbetween world. I use Safari for most of my surfing, although it doesn't play well with the Movable Type installation on my server so I'm writing this in Firefox.

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 plug-in for Firefox. It's a thing of beauty that gives you your 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


> In Safari there is no easy way (that I know of) to see the URL of a link before you click on it.

You mean like turning on the Status Bar from the View menu?

Take care.

Posted by: John Speno on December 20, 2004 11:12 AM

Why not Camino?

Posted by: Simon on December 20, 2004 11:20 AM

Thanks John. Note the cunning use of the qualifier "that I know of". My new year's resolution is to use that wherever I can, it saves me from actually having to find anything out myself ;-)

Simon, Camino is still a proof of concept browser and kind of defeats my 'one browser to rule them all' goal. I may well give it a try though.

Posted by: Andy Todd on December 20, 2004 04:08 PM