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Old 19. Nov 2011, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Alternative web browsers and extensions

i dunno if this is the right place to ask but i would like to know if there's any alternative browsers that uses firefox or chrome extension?

for example srware iron do run chrome extension ... so are there any others?
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Old 19. Nov 2011, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dunno if this is the right place to ask but i would like to know if there's any alternative browsers that uses firefox or chrome extension?

for example srware iron do run chrome extension ... so are there any others?
This site's Best Free Web Browser article is a good place to start. It is a really well presented article with lots of useful info:
Layout Engines will tell you which browsers are similar under the hood.
Other Browsers provides more info on these less well-known browsers. For example, I'm using Pale Moon which is optimized Firefox with 100% original Firefox code.
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Most add-on's should be intercompatible for the browsers using the same layout engine.
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I have just downloaded and installed Pale Moon and it seems fine but I can't see any advantage over FF. It is no faster on my system so, allowing that, what are the advantages? Anyone?
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Comparison here:

http://betanews.com/2011/06/25/pale-...ing-firefox-5/
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I have just downloaded and installed Pale Moon and it seems fine but I can't see any advantage over FF. It is no faster on my system so, allowing that, what are the advantages? Anyone?
If you want speed, Waterfox appears to be the fastest.

Not much difference between FF, Pale Moon and Waterfox. All 100% FF code. Waterfox even shares the FF profile so you won't notice any configuration differences.

Pale Moon is configured slightly differently than FF and Waterfox.

If you have 64-bit Windows then there is no official FF 64-bit release so Pale Moon and Waterfox are worthwhile. Having said that I'm using FF Nightly 64-bit without problems.

If you want unfettered browsing then Pale Moon has no parental filters.
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Thanks guys.
The comparison link doen't help much as it goes back to FF5 and I am on 8 which has MANY improvements.
Not too bothered about speed. FF is fast enough for me.
Not bothered about parental filters either. At 73 I can just about make my own mind up and all my grandkids have their own laptops.
My current system is 32bit. (64bit win7 just would not update/install in my 64bit Vista system).
My main reason for looking for an alternative to FF is because (on some certain sites) images can take ages to load. Sometimes I have to reload pages too before they display. I assumed that was a problem with the particular sites (as it happened sometimes on IE also) but, so far, with PM this is not happening at all. Watch this space.
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hm... for the slow display page have you tried modifying firefox?
Namely the pipelining values and nglayout.initialpaint.delay set to 0

palemoon makes a lot of these changes for you, but if you google firefox tweaks enough you'll get firefox to speeds that palemoon uses, without having palemoon modifications
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Thanks eyeb. No, I haven't tried that. Mainly because I wasn't aware of it and, to be honest, I don't really understand it. Having said that, I am sure I could understand it with a bit more research. However, since (so far) I have found no downsides to PM on my system I may as well just let it do the work and continue.....unless you have a better idea of course. Appreciate the input.
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like I said, palemoon is just using the customizations already, but you can do the same in FF to get it to work as well as palemoon/or better since you can pick what ones to use

but if PM works for you, then great
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