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Firefox 3.5: Back on top… for now

Sorry Opera; too bad about what happened to you, Netscape; and Internet Explorer, please, don’t make me laugh. The best Web browser on the planet is Firefox 3.5… for now.

I’ve been using Firefox since day one, and, for the most part, I’ve liked it. And, folks, since I’ve been using the Web since before there were Web browsers I know what I’m talking about.

The new Firefox is fast, filled with new features, and solid as a rock. I’ve been working with this latest update since its beta days on a pair of PCs. The first is my dependable Windows XP SP3 system, running on a was a Dell Inspiron 530S with a 2.2-GHz Intel Pentium E2200 dual-core processor, 4GBs of RAM, a 500GB SATA drive and an Integrated Intel 3100 GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator). The other is my Fedora 11 PC. This Linux box is a Gateway GT5622 desktop with a 1.8GHz Intel Pentium E2160 dual-core CPU, 3GBs of RAM, a 400GB SATA drive, and an Intel 950 GMA.

Windows or Linux, Firefox, and its extensions worked like a charm. Unfortunately, while Firefox is back to being a fast browser, it’s not the fastest browser. First place continues to go to Google’s Chrome.

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