I’ve had it with Firefox on Mac OS X. On Windows, it’s fine, but on Mac OS X it’s unbearable. It crashes too often, it’s slow and sluggish all the time, and it just eats up my RAM1. So I’m trying something new — I’m using a nightly build of WebKit.

I started thinking about switching when I read an article on Ajaxian that mentioned that more and more web developers were moving to Safari/WebKit for casual browsing, due to the speed and ease of use. I can’t believe it took me this long — everything is snappy, the way I would expect a modern piece of software to work, and the nightly is running great.

Inquisitor is great, too. It makes searching Google fun and easy, and as an added bonus it looks good. It just took me a while to figure out the shortcut for the search box, but once that was done it’s been smooth sailing since then.

Oh, and the font rendering in Safari is so much better. I’m never going back. Never! Oh, and WebKit is for Windows, too, now. So when I switch to Windows XP when I buy a new PC (gasp), I’ll still be fine.

  1. Put it this way: when I quit Firefox, my RAM usage goes way down. Way down. 


  • To be honest, I wouldn’t even go near Vista right now. The only possible advantage I can see is DirectX 10, but I’m not too interested in many of the DX10 games that are currently out, but I don’t think the rest of the issues Vista has are worth dealing with just for DirectX 10.

    I might even wait until Windows 7, but that’s probably unlikely. And I can always buy Vista later and upgrade my XP installation.

  • Oh, and I should mention I’m building my own computer from parts — not buying it from Dell or Alienware or something. Which is why I have a wider choice of OS’s.