It’s time once again for Adi’s Pick of The Week. For those of you who are new to my website, this is the feature where I talk about one piece of hardware or software that I think you should check out.
This time around, my pick of the week is something called Waterfox. Simply put it’s a lightweight alternative to Mozilla’s Firefox internet browser. When I say lightweight, I am saying that the developer of Waterfox has basically taken Mozilla Firefox and stripped it down to make it faster.
I have been using Waterfox as my only internet browser for two weeks. In my testing things seem to load a little faster. I am able to get to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and a bunch of different websites that I use quicker than I would with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. This is also the case with YouTube videos.
Another thing that I like about Waterfox is that it looks and functions just like Mozilla Firefox. I am a person who has used many internet browsers over the years and I am all for learning new things. However as a user I don’t want to have to think about where to find the back button or where I need to go to google a recipe. Thankfully, by sticking with the look and feel that we all know they have done a really good implementation of Firefox.
This is all well and good, but how does it handle multiple tabs? I was able to put it under the stress of 20 tabs being open at once!I loaded up this website, Twitter, Firefox, Gmail, Facebook, Google+ and another bunch of sites that require a lot of firepower and Waterfox handled them well.
Of course, you might have other extensions (such as Firebug) that you might use in Firefox. The good news is that all your firefox extensions and themes will work with Waterfox. At least in my testing, password managers (such as Lastpass, 1 Password and Dashlane) will work with Waterfox.
As you can see, Waterfox is a good web browser that you should definitely check out. It’s lightweight and loads websites faster than Mozilla Firefox. I would recommend spending about two weeks with it for yourself and then deciding if you want to make it your web browser of choice.
Have you used Waterfox yet? If so what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.
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