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)."

#91 Re: Re: Not my exp

by kristen

Monday July 8th, 2002 6:41 PM

You are replying to this message

"How then did your system get infected?"

Well, to sum it up (from what I can remember): One time a virus was included with a new computer that was purchased via mail order several years ago from a company called 'Strobe Computers'. Another time I got one via a floppy disk from work that was later traced back to the bosses son (where he got it I don't know). Another time, via email, I got an attachment from a friend called 'fireworks.exe' (or something like that) that I ran without scanning first shame on me). Another time I did receive the Iloveyou but I was aware of what it was so I didn't execute it, of course. There have been a few instances also where I have downloaded cracks (shame on me) that contained a virus of one type or another (I never actually got infected by it though). The worse kind of thing that I have come across, again from the crackers world, and again, shame on me, isn't even a virus. It's a program that does what it is supposed to do, and a little extra on the side. Something that av utilities cannot detect. I ran across one that removed the association for 'exe' types which proved to be a major nuisance and took me a while to figure out what was wrong.

"Did you or anyone you know get NIMDA?"

No. Melissa, Iloveyou, yes. Case in point, though, I have never ever heard of any widespread disaster as the result of web browsing.

"Do you have confidence that there are not going to be additional attacks on MS products of this scale or larger? I don't."

I can't really speculate on that with the exception that the most widely used of anything will be the most subject to attack.

"All of the major anti-virus software packages defend against NIMDA. I'm of the opinion, however, that a user shouldn't have to pay extra money and install extra software because of an inadequate email or web browsing application."

Are you suggesting then that if people were to switch to Mozilla that they no longer need anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.?