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)."

#45 Re: Re: Not my experience

by asa <>

Saturday July 6th, 2002 1:16 PM

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Not exactly. Actually, exactly wrong. Your highlighting of that comment only serves to point out your lack of knowledge in these areas.

In the full year of 2000 there were 6,393,140 crashes for 272,690,813 registered drivers. Thats a 1 in 42 chance of being involved in a wreck in 1 year or roughly 0.15% of registered drivers involved in a wreck for any given 3 week period. <…CSA/Content/Assess2K.html>

Three weeks after discovery Klez, a worm which exposed user data to other users, ihad nfected 7% of PCs worldwide and that's just _one_ worm. Don't forget Melissa, Lovebug, Code Red, Nimda SirCam and Kournikova. <…ez&hl=en&ie=UTF-8> You can see their live daily stats here <>

So in the first three weeks of the Klez epidemic you were about 46 times more likely to be a victim of Klez than be involved in a car wreck. I'd say that your chanced of getting a virus or worm on your Windows PC (if you're using Outlook) is considerably higher than being involved in a car wreck. If you've got data to suggest otherwise then please produce it.

According to Computer Economics, in 2001 "Nimda cost companies $635 million in clean-up and lost productivity. The total sum for the various versions of Code Red was $2.62 billion, SirCam leeched $1.15 billion out of corporate coffers, and the unlovely Love Bug cost $8.75 billion to exterminate." <…ture/0,1377,49681,00.html>

But that's all a bit off-topic except to point out that while getting in a car wreck can be more dangerous or expensive than getting an MS Outlook virus/worm, your chances of getting a virus/worm by using Microsoft Outlook (as it ships on most machines) are pretty good and the costs are non-trivial to individuals and downright expensive for businesses.

It's also worth noting that if you use any email client other than Microsoft's then your chances of running into any of this mess is dramatically (or completely) reduced. There are steps that savvy users of Microsoft's insecure email client can take to protect themselves but most users aren't savvy.