Firefox faster than Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by steamboat26, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    I just downloaded Firefox last night, and i have noticed that it is considerably faster than Safari. Am i crazy, or is there something that explains this?
     
  2. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Um... it's faster code? Apparently it's down to the renderer, whatever that is. I like the compatibility and speed of Firefox, but not it's 'PC-ness' which jars with other OS X apps.
     
  3. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    yeah, FireFox if faster than safari.

    to boost safari's speed you can look for an app called safarispeed. :)
     
  4. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    It is a fox on fire. What more does one need to know?
     
  5. Queso macrumors G4

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    If you really want to see speed, go for one of the optimised builds of Camino. Same rendering engine as Firefox, but much more Mac-like.
     
  6. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I don't know, but, I've never heard anything about Netscape's browser.

    Any good?
     
  7. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    I use camino. I like it more than firefox.
     
  8. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Seconded. I almost eclusively use Camino, despite those figures quoted, I have always found it boots faster and responds much quicker than Safari and since I got my Mac when Firefox was not universal, it was much faster than that too. May have changed a little, but in theory it should still be faster than Firefox, and I use Safari at times at work and it appears to stilll be zippier than that.
     
  9. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    I've noticed that Safari is faster than Firefox. I have both on mine and Safari opens quicker and loads pages faster.
     
  10. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Safari is definately faster for me. Firefox is just not OSX material at least in PPC platform.....for me anyways
     
  11. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Safari on my PowerPC Macs appears much faster than both FireFox and Camino - and displays pages more accurately as well.
     
  12. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Safari has always been faster for me...but granted it's not nearly fast enough. It has come a long way but it needs some work still.
     
  13. MacRumoron macrumors 6502

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    camino and safari are about the same speed for me...

    firefox is slower than the two
     
  14. banjomamo macrumors regular

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    If you use the latest dev of WebKit for Safari its much faster at rendering. Of course its less stable to boot.
     
  15. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Whats the version that is included with Safari?
     
  16. auxplage macrumors 6502

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    I always say, "Go for Opera!"

    For me, Opera is as fast if not faster than Camino and seems to be more stable.
     
  17. twentyone macrumors newbie

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    I've noticed that Firefox is faster on my MacBook than Safari. Much faster.
     
  18. Chef Medeski macrumors 6502a

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    Check out the all new .7 Flock. Its amazing, really polished it off well, so I can finally use it.

    I wonder how fast it is compared to these other ones.
     
  19. sophisaur macrumors member

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    what about shiira? i use it mainly for the sexy dock icon, but how does it measure up to the other browsers?
     
  20. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    I am playing with Firefox 2.0b1 today, and I have to say that it's a much better performer than previous releases. In particular, the interface lag problem seems to be fixed. The interface bits are still distractingly non-native, but there is a definite improvement.
     
  21. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    Last night was really strange, safari loaded pages about 4 times as quick as firefox. Firefox was acting really sluggish..
     
  22. Mord macrumors G4

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    safari has always been faster for me, i'd never use anything elce, mainly for the interface and the lack of annoying pointless warnings.
     
  23. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    but safari doesn't have tabbed browsing does it?
     
  24. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Yes! Turn it on in Safari-->Preferences-->Tabs. I dont even have a Mac (yet) and I know that!
     

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