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)."

#59 Re: Re: Re: tuxracer's comparison

by jsebrech

Sunday July 7th, 2002 8:08 AM

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1. True. I miss this in mozilla.

2. You can hide anything on the toolbar with some userchrome, you can't rearrange it though. And editing textfiles to do stuff sucks. But the most popular things that people want to hide have gui options anyway, so it doesn't matter THAT much.

3. You can hide the text in mozilla mail and composer with some userchrome, again. No gui, again. Official position is that if people want this they should modify a theme to do this. I don't exactly agree with official position though.

4. I don't get this. Right-click where? In mozilla 1.0, I can right-click in the sidebar and get that menu, and I can right-click in the bookmarks dialog and get that menu. Are you talking about right-clicking an entry in a menu? Because that would be so wrong from a UI designer's point of view.

5. True. But you can do it in the sidebar (press F9 for immediate access, really fast), and you can do it in the bookmarks dialog, ofcourse. I have to admit I'd like it in the menu's too, though, for consistancy's sake.

6. Ah, yes, that's handy. The only IE feature I think is really cool. Mozilla should have that.

7. You know, I never even knew about this. Just like the mozilla developers I use broadband, meaning I never disconnect. Point taken. Though it's easy to see whether a link is local or not by looking in the statusbar and seeing if the link starts with anything other than file://.

8. ? Uh huh. I see. Well. It's a feature. I suppose. Who thinks of this stuff? This is what location bar autocompletion is for.

9. Yeah, form autocompletion needs work in mozilla. I think there are plenty of bugs outstanding on it. I'm not the right guy to comment on it though. Anyway, it'll get fixed.

10. OK, handy. Maybe i'd use it. But then I never use history anyway. Google is my friend.

Anyway, if that's what IE has to offer, then I think mozilla has the better deal. Surely there must be more?