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)."

#138 Re: Wrong again

by kristen

Friday July 12th, 2002 10:57 AM

You are replying to this message

"As Asa has explained more than once, the point is that those figures are all a result of a flaw in IE. Whether they were spread by web browsing or email, it was a flaw in IE that allowed the exploit to succeed."

Thank you, Subtle Rebel, for re-outlining, yet again, something that Asa said. I'm afraid that you are the one who is missing the point and your doing a good job of demonstrating how poor your reading skills are. The probability of contracting a virus/worm via a web page has everything to do with what I am saying. You see, I don't use Outlook Express for my email. I have it, but I don't use it. I have always used Netscape Messenger 4.X (currently 4.79) for my email. Truth be told, it has nothing to do with security either. I use it because I like the look/feel of it, the fact that I don't need to have Microsoft Office installed to have spell checking capability, a nice mail notification utility, and a decent newsreader that doesn't mangle posts I make to a newsgroup, amongst other things. Multiple pop accounts? I could care less, I have never personally had a need for more than one. I do, however, like IE and it is my default browser. I don't like Mozilla (sorry) and I like Mozilla Mail/News even less (not sorry) ;). I'm not about to get into a debate as to why (especially here) for that is an entirely separate issue. The point is, and one that you so far consistently miss despite me repeating it umpteen times, is that web browsing security is exactly the point.

"Well, you have given no proof of anything that you have claimed. Your 2% figure is pulled out of thin air and has no meaning whatsoever."

That's right, I did pull the 2% figure out of thin air. Here's another figure I'm going to pull out of thin air: You have no proof at all to show me that even 1% of that total was the result of web browsing. ;)

"As I have pointed out" (and all the rest)

You have pointed two things out to me. One being that you cannot read. The other being that you cannot read.

"I would say that once again you are trying to change the point of the discussion"

Somehow I kind of figured you would say something like that. Getting killed in an accident is irrelevant to the fundamental point being made here, getting killed several times over in a car wreck is the decisive factor. ;)