Comparatively Speaking...

Monday July 1st, 2002

Linux Online recently compared the major Linux browsers, including the Mozilla-based trio of Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 6.2 and Galeon. Reviewer Michael J Jordan praises Mozilla's stability, tabbed browsing, rendering and customisation.

As mentioned by fondacio on our forums, the International Herald and Tribune took a look at Mozilla, Opera and NeoPlanet (note that the site doesn't seem to work in some builds of Mozilla). Reviewer Lee Dembart says that "Mozilla is impressive and has it all over Opera." He especially likes the ability to block pop-ups, tabbed browsing and pipelining.

UPDATE! tuxracer writes: "I've put up a browser comparison list, comparing various features that affect usability and W3C standards compliance. It compares Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor 7.01, Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows), and Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)."

#11 Got that wrong..

by michaelg <>

Wednesday July 3rd, 2002 11:13 PM

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"Speed, stability, and memory consumption have been conveniently dismissed."

Becuase it's a non-issue? Moz is sometimes faster, sometimes slower than IE. I've found it to be more stable than IE, as do a lot of people I know, but others will sware differently. And when you can give me an balanced way to make a comparison between the memory consumption of the two, let me know.

The problem with putting a comparison up between these sorts of attributes (they're not "features") up is that they will always depend on the test system's configuration, hence is it impossible to get a comparison which is 100% fair and accurate.

"No mention of Opera or the freeware clone of NetCaptor called 'Crazy Browser'. More importantly a good one called 'MyIE' [...]"

Excluding Opera was a no-no, as was including NetCaptor. Crazy Browser and MyIE should not have been included becuse the comparison was mostly between non-derivative browsers.

But if you're going to include NetCaptor, Crazy Browser and MyIE, then you should also include at least some of the of the Mozilla derivatives and Gecko-based browsers, take your pick from [takes a deep breath]: m/b, Chimera, NS6, NS7, Beonex, Galeon, K-Meleon, Aphrodite, BrowserG! and probably a few more as well.

"No biggy for it is coming soon (and plenty more) with IE7."

[flame-on] Ohhh! Goodie! Is that the one the're including DRM? So you can't download the same HTML page twice without paying for it (twice!)? Are they going to put even *more* security holes in it? Find new, exciting ways to balkanize the Web and the Internet? Joy! Anyway, given how much slower IE6 is compared to IE5, I just /can't wait/ for 7. [flame-off]