My preferred browser on OS X is to use Web Kit. Lets have a quick overview and some logic.
What is WebKit ?
WebKit is the open source rendering engine and web browser that is used by the Safari Web Browser. The project is sponsored / supported by Apple is some way.
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Why use Web Kit
I can’t imagine what they do, but WebKit is way faster, you can visibly notice the performance. I know that it doesn’t download faster than Firefox, but it really feels like the apply magic to make it go faster.
Website performance and Inspection Tools
Firefox has the brilliant Web Developers addon, but Webkit has it builtin. Simply right click and you have an element inspector.
But the most cool feature is the performance analyzer:
I find this useful to give me a rough guide to performance on Web sites before I go and dig the ore serious tools for performance analysis.
Where it isn’t so great
Some things don’t work so well. Webkit is fully ACID2 compliant, and doesn’t support some legacy HTML. Certain Cisco management servers don’t work so well e.g. ACS 4.1 really messes up and certain corporate CMS / help desk / internalware systems also have some proprietary glue in there that can cause WebKit to work poorly.
But, hey, it’s the NEXT version of Safari and a few bugs is a reaonable price to pay for getting a web browser that seems to perform magic to improve performance. Since I also use Camino, Shiira and Firefox for web browsing I don’t have a problem with the things that don’t work.
I often use WebKit for configuration work, and keep Firefox for more business functions. This means that Firefox is a bit more stable, and I get the performance where I need it.