Full Article Attached Astounding Comments From the WSP

Thursday July 20th, 2000

The WSP (Web Standards Project) now states that it is interested in released products more than compliance, and has released one of the most astounding pieces of work I have seen come out of their office.

The WaSP, a pseudonym which speaks for the whole WSP (or at least its leaders) has written a piece taking Netscape to task for failing to produce a browser in the allotted time limit. Click "Full Article..." below to read my response. For the record, I am not an employee of Netscape.

#126 Re: Sorry, wrong answer

by fougasse

Sunday July 23rd, 2000 2:16 AM

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"That's just gibberish. Tell that to the judge that BROKE THE FUCKERS UP."

Whether or not Microsoft is considered a monopoly is irrelevant -- Judge Jackson certainly never said that Netscape was a superior product to IE.

Yes, IE has security problems, but Netscape 4.x has had its large share too, including large holes which allowed reading/writing of local files. Also, security holes in browsers are exploited quite rarely -- you have to visit a malicious page to be a victim. I know of nobody who has been a victim of an IE security bug, and considering that 86% of Internet users use IE, that says that it's hardly a major risk to users.

"Also total crap. IE may be a bit better than 4.x now, but that's because 4.x is two years old. "

This is, of course, subjective, but the great majority of people seem to agree: no. I used Netscape starting with version 1.x. I used it steadily until IE3 came out, when I began switching between Netscape (first 3.x, then 4.x) and it. When IE4 came out, I started using only it: it was just better, period. IE5 only solidified that lead.

"And IE is only faster because it's integrated with Windows. DUH!"

Not "DUH!", but rather, "I don't care." This is irrelevant. As a user, I don't care WHY a product is faster, I care that it's faster. Besides, I wouldn't be so certain that this "Windows integration" is what gives it speed. Certainly, loading the rendering engine at startup helps start times, but this isn't something which Netscape is forbidden from doing. I'm fairly sure that IE doesn't run in kernel mode; when IE crashes, the rest of the operating system stays running nicely. Plus, I'd say Opera is about as speedy as IE. For that matter, Gecko (but not, alas, the full Mozilla) seems only very slightly slower.