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Firefox 3 inflames the browser wars, but why should we care?

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The rekindled web browser battle will crank up a notch this week with the release of Firefox 3.0, but I just can’t muster any excitement I’m afraid.

To me, web browsers are like operating systems – the sooner we don’t have to care about them the better. The day they just sit in the background and let us do what we need to do, quickly and efficiently, will be a happy day indeed.

Just as I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the version of firmware that runs my car engine’s management systems, I don’t want to invest a lot of brain power pondering browsers. They should just be slick, reliable and secure.

Of course, the reason Firefox is getting such attention is because its primary rival, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, is none of these things. It’s bloated, prone to unexpected crashes, and has security holes you could put your fist through.

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