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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)."


#40 Re: tuxracer's comparison

by tuxracer

Saturday July 6th, 2002 10:01 AM

You are replying to this message

"Those were rhetorical questions, of course. What you won't hear from these people is that those 'viruses' required people to execute an attachment in order to wreak havoc. Some were designed specifically to target OE users by using VBScript (a language only supported by IE/OE). Those attachments could just have easily been an executable (rather than an OS specific scripting language) that scanned, lets say, an NS4 users address book and then proceeded to send itself to all of the NS4 users 'buddies'. The attachment could even be more effective by including its own SMTP engine (such as W32.Klez) to bypass the users email client all together. If something requires a user to execute it in order to wreak havoc then game over. It is no longer a fault of any given operating system, email client, web browser, etc. Especially if the user in question has administrator level rights such as in WinNT/2K/XP, Linux, etc."

I would like to take this time to point you to one of the many unpatched IE/OE exploits: <http://www.malware.com/lookout.html>

'Silent delivery and installation of an executable on a target computer. No client input other than opening an email or newsgroup post or web site. This can be accomplished with the default installation of Internet Explorer 6.0, Outlook Express 6.0 and probably Outlook and Outlook 2002 and whatever other Outlook's there are. Default settings for Outlook Express and Outlook: restricted zone.'