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    Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Ok, so I was bored...

    Was reading some threads about browsers and decided to do my own incredibly scientific test to see which was the fastest.

    The test times were based on a reload of the following link:

    http://scragz.com/tech/mozilla/test-rendering-time.php

    Reloads were made three consecutive times from a 1mbp wireless connection, and the average time was taken.
    Browsers were running with no other programs running on the system.
    Clearly, start-up times etc. are not included in the analysis - but the results were surprising.

    Here they are (in reverse order)...

    Firefox (!) 8.79 seconds (maybe this was due to my extensions??)
    Swiftfox (!) 8.75
    Epiphany 8.7
    Opera 7.84 (that's more like it)
    Konqueror - wins with 7.24 (and was running in gnome)

    Blimey!

    This make Konqueror 8.3% faster than Opera, its nearest rival, and a huge 21.4% faster than Firefox.

    By my estimates, if I spend 3hrs a day on the web, then Konqueror will get me an extra 35 minutes worth of web-time - so, by this time tomorrow, the time saved will have compensated for the time spent on this experiment!

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Yes, extensions slow down firefox, which is why I cut down on them as much as possible ....

    You should try firefox without extensions.

    In a terminal type:

    firefox -P

    Create a new profile, say Test, then

    firefox -P Test

    This will give you a clean firefox to test

    You can firefox -P and delete the profile later if you like

    Also, there are some mods you can do with firefox to make it faster.

    Last, try a light weight browser like dillo. I often use dillo for speed and save firefox if I want graphics.
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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Have just tried dillo - supadupa quick! But, unfortunately it doesn't do graphics, so couldn't get a reading on the test. Also, it's not very functional for quick use, since you can't do mouse gestures etc., so time saved on lightning quick downloads is lost elsewhere - still I was very impressed!

    Haven't tried the bare FF yet (will do it tomorrow morning) - but think in advance that this might defeat the objective - since I want ad-blocking, mouse gestures, rewind, etc. for functionality.

    Anyway, thanks for the tip

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    LOL

    Like i said:

    dillo for speed and save firefox if I want graphics


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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    since you can't do mouse gestures etc., so time saved on lightning quick downloads is lost elsewhere
    That would sum up why rendering speed doesn't necessarily mean overall operation speed.
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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve.K View Post
    Konqueror - wins with 7.24 (and was running in gnome)
    Of course!

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    heh. I get 4.32 seconds with Internet Explorer.

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    what about Lynx?

    I get 6.5 with firefox and lots of extentions..

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Quote Originally Posted by lotacus View Post
    heh. I get 4.32 seconds with Internet Explorer.
    Which proves faster does not equal better

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    Re: Which is the fastest browser? (the shocking truth...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve.K View Post
    Here they are (in reverse order)...

    Firefox (!) 8.79 seconds (maybe this was due to my extensions??)
    Swiftfox (!) 8.75
    Epiphany 8.7
    Opera 7.84 (that's more like it)
    Konqueror - wins with 7.24 (and was running in gnome)

    Blimey!
    5.85 using epiphany

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