The kerfuffle over Apple’s decision to include the Safari 3.1 ‘update’ with an iTunes update installer for Windows made me smile. John Lilly, CEO Mozilla Foundation seems outraged at Apple’s decision. It only adds to the hilarity. Why? In enterprise land, neither browser is likely to be the number one choice down at the PC/laptop image factory. Not even close. Check the stats at W3schools to see what I mean. Mozilla comes in at a miniscule 1.1% while Safari has just hit the 2% mark.I did check the stats over at W3schools, and you know what I found? Mozilla (Moz) does indeed come in with a mizerly 1.1%. But look over to the left column next to it labeled Fx (for Firefox) and you see that Firefox has a 36.5% share. Add the two together and you get 37.6%. That's a good third of the market.
Earth to Howler: The Mozilla Foundation is responsible for both the Firefox and Mozilla browsers, and it's been primarily (and now exclusively) Firefox for years now. Where the hell have you been?
The the Howler Monkey further howls:
And while I’m in Mozilla flame mode, exactly when will Firefox stop leaking memory like a sieve by default and routinely bringing my machine to a grinding halt? That would be a much better story in my opinion because right now I’d prefer to use Safari, short though it may be on all those Firefox plug-ins, add-ons and themes. Why? Because in enterprise land, performance matters, not all the bells and whistles.Let's talk about memory leaks for a moment. I'll be the first to admit that Firefox consumes memory like a drunk in a licker store. But is Safari 3.1 any better? Let's take a look, shall we?
Oh my goodness! Safari running on my Windows XP SP2 system, with six tabs, consumes almost 400MB. Firefox 2, while by no means svelte, consumes in the high 200s on this system, and that's with considerably more tabs open to the same sites. Why is this? Because I use three Firefox plug-ins to keep memory consumption down on my systems: Adblock Plus 0.7.5.3, Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.3.1.3, and NoScript 1.5.2. These three plug-ins keep ads, especially Flash-based ads, off my web pages. Safari, with nothing like them, renders everything, and in the process sucks up even more memory than Firefox 2.
Safari 3.1 on Windows is indeed a good, fast browser with regards to speed and quality of rendering. But when it comes to overall quality, Firefox 2 is as good if not better. Safari provides yet another choice for browsing, but as for me, I'll happily stick with Firefox.