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Tuesday April 10th, 2001

Here are this week's reports. Featured are Beonex and Hermes. Enjoy!

#60 cross platform

by macpeep

Thursday April 19th, 2001 10:18 AM

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Galeon may be great but the percentage of users that run GNOME is about 0.3% - 0.5% or so (that's not just something I put there - it's a pretty well educated guess, based on the number of Linux users and the number of GNOME users among Linux users etc.). In my book, that's so marginal that if we're speaking about Mozilla as a whole - "the Mozilla project" it doesn't amount much as far as success or readiness goes.

I use Windows 2000 at work because the toolchain I need to compile for what I need to compile for only exist on Windows. At home, I run W2K on my laptop because I consider it the best laptop UI. The desktop at home is Win98 at the moment - for games and general surfing etc. - so I see the world through a very "what works best?" perspective since a browser is just another application for me. I need to read documentation, news, weather, sports, Slashdot etc. I'm not all that caught up on idealism regarding my OS nor do I care that much which browser it is I'm using as long as it works very well.

My browser of choice is therefore IE 5.5 SP1 because from a purely "what works best?" perspective, that's what's #1 in my book. For the record, I use Netscape Communicator for email because I don't like Outlook at all.

The main reason I find IE to be a better browser than Mozilla is - like you've probably guessed from my posts - the UI. It's slow on every machine I've ever tried (and the machines I use tend to have quite a bit of RAM too). If for some reason I couldn't use IE, I'd probably use Netscape Communicator 4.77 instead of Mozilla because it's just so much more responsive. The Opera UI looks nice and is responsive but it just doesn't fit me that well.

I hope 0.9 will be fast and stable but I'm not counting on it, nor do I expect it.. I hope it will take me by surprise and if it does, I promise I'll admit it openly on MozillaZine. :) I have absolutely no personal reason to NOT like Mozilla - it's 100% purely that I just don't find it that good - yet.

BTW, yeah, these kinds of posts aren't constructive or anything.. I just wanted to tell you where I'm coming from since I'm getting the impression that a lot of people here seems to think that I'm just here to promote IE. That's not at all the case.