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Firefox is the only independent major player. Their philosophy is much more along the lines of what I support than Microsoft, Google, or Apple. You can say, go Pale Moon! Which is great and I applaud their efforts, but they have their own issues as well. I've tried Pale Moon, but it never seemed to be any better than Firefox. I've tried Opera, but by the time I did; that ship had sailed. My work place's "offically supported browser" is Google Chrome. I'm guessing more to do with someone's bias and the fact that it's easier to develop for one Specific browser. Thankfully, they're not draconian in their enforcement of what exact software you may use. I work at an Academic Library, give me the tools, or let me get my own, so I can get stuff done.
My work's officially supported browser is also Chrome, and they don't give us admin rights to our laptops. So I use Firefox portable :)
The only problem is once they discovered that I have it, the people I work with started constantly borrowing my laptop for *company sites* that won't load properly on IE/Chrome...because we're a company full of software developers who don't understand stuff like PortableApps apparently...all these fuckers care about is Football...
...[who don't] understand stuff like PortableApps
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I've tried Pale Moon, but it never seemed to be any better than Firefox
Except that its UI isn't all fucked up? Which was the entire reason to start using Pale Moon in the first place?
Well, I remember finding Pale Moon as it originally was-- an optimized build of firefox for specific processors, from when Mozilla disallowed using their trademarks for modified versions. However, Moonchild's decision to fork over the UI overhaul is why most people, myself included, use it.
Maybe, I've just grown accustomed to having to adopt random UI changes, then. With the XP -> Vista -> 7 -> 10 changes, and all the Window Server iterations. Then there's all of the Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Puppy Linux, and Arch UI changes / reversions. I can even muddle my way around OSX, if given the need. Back to strictly browser UI changes, I did find it a bit annoying that they changed the history icon with the most recent version, but again I shall adapt. I would rather see things being refreshed, kept up-to-date, and thriving. Perhaps, Firefox needs these changes to stay relevant and continue adding new young users to the mix. Maybe, they're full of crazy, and they will eventually implode. Currently, I don't see the latter. In any case, to each their own, and I'm glad there can be a fork of Firefox.
Chrome gets to be the "officially supported browser" because of the cross-platform administrative tools they offer. It's even better at Windows group policy than IE. Not to mention being waaay more safe and secure than anything else they could lock down (which is pretty much just IE).
One could say that generally, Google is doing the Microsoft thing these days but without shooting themselves in the foot every god damned minute.