(Originally posted 2008-09-20.)
Well, how many do you have?
I’ll admit to 4 on my Windows XP Laptop (and 2 versions of 1 on my ASUS EEE PC, running Linux)…
I firmly believe in having an “emergency browser”. At 0ne time that would have been Internet Explorer – for two reasons:
- To recover a broken browser. As I mainly use Firefox Nightly builds I sometimes get cases where I need a fresh install of a prior nightly to get me out of trouble. (Nightlies are the bleeding edge in Firefox terms, nice but sometimes too bleeding edge.)
- To access pages that Firefox has a problem with.
Nowadays, however, there are almost no web pages I can’t read with Firefox. So it doesn’t have to be Internet Explorer anymore.
In fact IBM really doesn’t care what browser I use – so long as I don’t want support. 🙂 (I haven’t wanted support for probably 20 years.) 🙂 Certainly, to be serious, there is strong endorsement by all and sundry for Firefox, even though it isn’t in any formal sense the mandated browser.
So what do I have now?
- Firefox 3 Nightlies (as I said before) as my main browser. And I occasionally get involved in design or bug spotting discussions.
- Internet Explorer 6 – seldom used.
- Safari as my real “emergency browser” at the latest released level. Webkit goes on apace and so I might take a more bleeding edge stance soon.
- Google Chrome – just out of curiosity.
But, finally, in case anyone thinks I’m about to shift browser I’m not expecting to replace Firefox as my main browser anytime soon. I really don’t think Google Chrome is a Firefox killer (or an anything else killer, either).
Happy browsing folks and remember you should have more than one browser – not counting the (perhaps ignored) one that came with your operating system.