FireFox Browser Released
Posted 09 November 2004 - 09:53 AM
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Posted 16 December 2004 - 05:44 AM
I think there are probably extensions you can use with Firefox to fool sites that require IE into thinking you're using IE. If it's a serious problem you might want to look for "useragent" switchers in the Firefox extensions.
By the way, Firefox used to be named Phoenix long ago... sadly it's actually declined in quality since then.
Posted 16 December 2004 - 10:09 AM
Posted 16 December 2004 - 10:19 AM
I always used Netscape instead of IE (with a few exceptions, as you've noted), but Firefox blows Netscape out of the water. It's great. Our campus IT guys use it. And it takes up less space than Netscape. Learning curve? What learning curve? Sure, there are bells & whistles I could pick up on, but it's been virtually painless, and I'm no techie.
I'm pretty happy with the Mac's Safari browser (which is also uses tabbed browsing), but I'm still going to download Foxfire, 'cos it's the coolest. If our bank will allow us to use it instead of IE for online banking--yay!
Posted 16 December 2004 - 11:01 AM
Posted 16 December 2004 - 11:15 AM
I use Safari for pretty much everything, but whenever I hop on over to a PC, I use Firefox as much as possible.
BTW, if you're using a Mac running OS X 10.3 (aka "Panther"), you might want to try out Shiira. It's a small, open-source browser that's based on Safari's codebase, but with a few interesting enhancements. It's still in beta, but I've been impressed with it so far.
And yes, I have no idea how I was able surf the web before tabbed browsing. God bless whoever thought it up.
Posted 17 December 2004 - 03:58 AM
Yes, Firefox uses the same rendering engine as Mozilla/Netscape, called Gekko. Phoenix/Firefox was started to provide a wrapper around Gekko that was as small and fast as possible. It was always supposed to be "Mozilla Light" basically.
If you're a fan of Netscape's email, you may want to look into ThunderBird, which is basically "Mozilla Email Light", and is being touted as a serious competitor to Outlook Express. It may not be quite as useful as Firefox yet, but I got my mother to switch to ThunderBird/Firefox a while back, which says something.
Opera invented all major web-browsing innovations. It's a great browser, maybe even ahead of its time. Aside from tabbed browsing, the biggest innovation is mouse gestures. Sadly, even Firefox hasn't duplicated the niceness of Opera's mouse gestures yet. Not many people use Opera because it costs money, but I keep a copy around because it's handy sometimes.
Edit: Here's something funny. Talking about Opera made me check it out again. I think it will be my primary browser on Mac from here on out. It is... blazingly fast, and they've cut out the advertisements that took up half the toolbar in the free version. Plus, it has better tabs than anyone around and, of course, mouse gestures. Seems like an obvious choice for me.
Posted 17 December 2004 - 10:36 AM
I haven't look at Opera in years. Maybe I should check it out again.
Mac users might find this recent browser comparison of interest, especially now that OS X users actually have a number of choices. Here's part 1 and part 2. The winner was a bit surprising to me.
Posted 23 December 2004 - 11:41 AM
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