And the winner is...
The browser that interleaves the computer to the web the best.
Most of my browsers are a flavors of Firefox-ish or Firefox specific variants.
I use sidux (based on Debian "unstable" in other words - Most Advanced)
I have used Chrome and watch how it develops, that’s fine. so far its not as good for me as Firefox variant Iceweasel 3.5.10 in 64bit.
Currently my computer is hybrid to the internet as a "stationary desktop" but the important thing to keep in mind that it is permanently dependent of the existence of the internet to function properly and grow.
sidux is a rolling release, every day it gets updated to be as current as the developers make it.
The computer was built literally with a connection to the internet, no boxed software. The Linux OS and its 1,308 applications and programs that make it powerful came from and were dynamically compiled with a connection to the internet, using multiple server with simultaneous connections located in different countries. I can choose between 29,000 applications and programs to make the machine be what I want. All of them from the internet from repositories.
GoogleEarth is a good example of a desktop-internet app.
The whole thing is a 64bit extension of its inter-connectivity to the internet.
As time goes by this trend will increase, not digress backwards in time.
Ubuntu is very similar in its design.
The browser as the extension of the computer is just a GUI interface and needs to be flexible yet secure... in many ways in the future I think it will be the desktop and ones "computer" thick or thin will simply be the machine interface.
From servers and supercomputers to the handpodlys and telepods and desktops of the future Linux will be there one way or another.
It is already there in many ways now. Android is Linux.
Its one world not at war with itself that will make the inter-connectivity of humanity work.
Google will likely be there. closed box systems might not.
IE will not. I think that is a good thing. With any luck MS will evolve into something harmless like a toaster company or better yet just become toast.
Why would I say that... because for company’s such as Microsoft innovation is defined as what ever locks you into their exclusivity of control better.
That is not a better future. Freedom is choice and Open Source is diversity and that freedom is expressed by invention with innovation by developers competing with choices for the customer.
The browser that wins will be adaptive cross platform.