Now that the "Best Internet Browser for Linux" Poll is over, one of the clearest conclusions is that Mozilla's Firefox is still regarded highest by most Linux users. This was a pleasant surprise, for I thought most would blindly switch to the "only-speed-matters" alternatives. In fact, I think this is good news for the fox because it is still receiving important user support, even during a phase when it has been significantly behind on important areas, such as process independence and speed and overall responsiveness. Considering the enhancements that are in store for Firefox 4, it should only get better from here.
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Following Firefox from a long distance is Google Chrome. This young browser is growing up very fast, but still lacking in certain areas, such as security and overall stability. Opera makes it to a surprising (at least to me) third position. It seems version 10 and its subsequent updates have made an impact on Linux users. Chromium follows closely, apparently not getting the same amount of love as its Google cousin.
From that point on, the rest are options with minimal support, SeaMonkey and Swiftfox both gathering 6 votes while Epiphany and Internet Explorer through WINE get 4 votes each. I have to say I am surprised that IE got any votes at all. It is slow and reportedly not secure, and I think that can only get worse through WINE, but still some people appreciate it.
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Konqueror comes last with just three votes. I know many consider Konqueror a favorite, specially as a file browser, but I think it is about time it disappears. Dolphin has taken over as the default file browser and while some might find it useful to keep Konqueror as well, I just think it is confusing. In my opinion, Konqueror should not be part of the default KDE installation, but available from the repositories for anybody who wants to install it.
Thanks for reading and voting!