Taking the Firefox Challenge pt1

There was a point in my life when I was something of an aggressive advocate for open-source and free software. I am still a huge fan of them and do open-source as much code as I can and even contribute to some free software projects, but I’ve also gone back to a number proprietary tools for my day to day tool chain; for instance, this post was at least (partially) drafted in Microsoft Word or Google Docs rather than Libre or Open Office. Probably the most commonly used tool in my belt (and probably everyone else’s) is the web browser and up until today, I pretty much only used Google’s Chrome. An awesome Coder Radio listener named Nicholas replied to an episode from early April suggesting that if I think Google’s forking Webkit to create Blink was a I problem, I should simply vote with usage and move to Firefox, since Mozilla is a bit more dedicated to standards than just about any browser vendor out there. Over the next month, I am going to recount my experiences as a switcher here and see if Chrome really does have such an advantage over the competition. Stay tuned for all the gory details.

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