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rowal5555
09-24-2008, 08:27 PM
If you are a FireFox fan, you may like to have a look at CometBird.

http://www.cometbird.com/

It is FF with all its addons, but is incredibly fast. I tried it last night and so far am very impressed. It loads in a fraction of the time FF takes, and very few cons so far.

See what you think.

DSTM
09-25-2008, 12:20 PM
I am trialling it,and so far found CometBird quick.Nothing much, I don't like about it.
Thanks for the Link,Rob.

Pi rules
09-29-2008, 01:24 AM
I think it is basically a rebranding of Firefox with a few add-ons included (but doesn't make that clear enough IMO). The website has several spelling and grammar mistakes, too. I didn't try it because they only provide a Windows executable and don't provide the source code (which might be in violation of the license of the code they copied...)

I would strongly recommend sticking with Firefox 3 and installing whatever add-ons you wish.

jcampi
09-29-2008, 08:19 AM
I think Pi has it just about right. I used CometBird for a while and ended up dumping it. It just seems like it's Firefox with a little tweaking. Same look and features. I didn't notice any improvement in features or speed. It just isn't worth it in my opinion.

Wayno
09-30-2008, 01:00 PM
Well I installed too and IMO it definately is a copy of FF but it is quite a bit quicker than FF,I havent ran any tests yet but I soon will and be sure I will let all know of the results.

Wayno
10-07-2008, 06:28 AM
Well here we go I ran some tests on 4 different browsers and I am quite suprised.I set 5 detailed websites as the home pages on each browser then timed the launch until every window was opened.I tested each one 3 times and not suprisingly each launch got slightly quicker,here are the results in seconds.

Cometbird-11.2---9.8---9.4seconds

Firefox-8.2---8.3---7.6seconds

Internet Explorer-18.1---17.0---16.1seconds

Google Chrome-8.4---7.3---7.7seconds

I did think at first Cometbird was faster than Firefox but in the test Firefox came up slightly faster.I didnt think IE7 would be that slow seeing I use it as my default browser.And lastly Google Chrome which I installed just for the test and I have now made it my default browser as I love the simplicity of it not to mention the speed coming up the fastest of the bunch.:D:D

allheart55 (Cindy)
10-07-2008, 10:08 AM
Wayno, A few items of interest you should know about Google Chrome from another thread. I agree with Mick.


A few reasons to steer clear of chrome

Here (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10031661-56.html?tag=nl.e433)
here (http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/39176/108/)
And here (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9114078&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top)


:eek:


A couple more reasons not to use it.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09...e_chrome_vuln/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/03/google_chrome_vuln/)

http://aviv.raffon.net/2008/09/03/GoogleMule.aspx (http://aviv.raffon.net/2008/09/03/GoogleMule.aspx)

http://www.kickenhardware.net/forum/images/misc/progress.gif

Wayno
10-07-2008, 11:19 AM
If the only major problem with this browser is the old webkit it is using,then I think google have done a fantastic job with this new browser.There are floors in every browser and for google to have really only this problem with their very first browser,wow what can you say.I am sure they are working hard to fix this problem and other problems that they have identified,for the mean time I will continue to use it with of course regular scans with SAS and a few other programs I have.Everyone has the choice to have a go and nothing wrong with people being aware of these problems either,cheers thanks.

Rob-S
11-08-2008, 03:03 AM
Well here we go I ran some tests on 4 different browsers and I am quite suprised.I set 5 detailed websites as the home pages on each browser then timed the launch until every window was opened.I tested each one 3 times and not suprisingly each launch got slightly quicker,here are the results in seconds.

Cometbird-11.2---9.8---9.4seconds

Firefox-8.2---8.3---7.6seconds

Internet Explorer-18.1---17.0---16.1seconds

Wayno,
I've been using CometBird for 2 weeks, and have similar results. Another thing I noticed is CometBird uses less ram than FF when streaming video.

Rob

Pi rules
11-11-2008, 11:44 PM
Wayno,
I've been using CometBird for 2 weeks, and have similar results. Another thing I noticed is CometBird uses less ram than FF when streaming video.

Rob
Is that still true with Firefox 3 in Safe Mode (Start -> Run -> firefox-safe-mode)? There is no difference between FF and CometBird except for the branding and extensions.

And there is a speed boost coming (https://wiki.mozilla.org/JavaScript:TraceMonkey) in Firefox 3.1 for JavaScript-intensive sites like Gmail (I'm using it now).

I wonder about the legality of CometBird under the Tri-license agreement that most of the code in Firefox has (http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/) since they don't publish the source code with a clear notification of their additions (only the logos). The licenses of the individual extensions must also be followed... (I'm not a lawyer, of course ;))