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)."

#117 NIMDA vs Fatal Car Wreck

by SubtleRebel <>

Wednesday July 10th, 2002 1:48 AM

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>NIMDA, one of the costliest and most widespread worms in the history >of MS Windows computing (more than 1.2 million infections in the first >couple weeks it existed with as many as 120,000 infections in a single >day <> that sounds considerably more widespread than >the 42 thousand fatality car wrecks in all of that year), didn't require >any user execution. If you got it you probably got it by simply opening >an email message or browsing a web page.

I can find no documented statistics indicating the breakdown of the methods by which NIMDA was spread, but I do know that at least 24% of the individual NIMDA infections that I have encountered were not accomplished via email; some instances were where the users were using Lotus Notes as their email client and other instances occurred in an environment where the mail server was equipped with antivirus software that filtered out all NIMDA infected email before it could reach the user.

Projecting my experience over the stats ZDnet gave in Asa's link yields the following :

24% of 1.2 million = 288,000 NIMDA infections by means other than email

So by this calculation, you would about 6.9 times more likely to get NIMDA via a non-email method than to die in a car wreck.

(Note: the 42,000 represents a whole year whereas the 1.2 million was only accounting for the first few weeks of NIMDA and there were undoubtably additional NIMDA infections during the following 11 months.)

Of course, some of those 288,000 could have been infected via file shares rather than web browsing. Of course, some of the other 76% could have been infected via web browsing.

However, even if the web browsing infections only made up 15% of the 288,000 (equal to 3.6% of the 1.2 million NIMDA infections) then that still would indicate that you were more likely to get NIMDA than die in a car wreck.

Remember now that we are only talking about NIMDA here; if you add in the numbers for other infections such as Klez then the comparison looks even worse for Microsoft.

Kristen, if you can find any factual evidence that indicates that IE was responsible for less than 3.6% of the total incidents of NIMDA and Klez, please provide us with links to that information.