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)."

#92 Re: No

by kristen

Monday July 8th, 2002 8:11 PM

You are replying to this message

"You are indeed very silly (perhaps another word would be better) if you honestly believe that the fact that we have not produced a list of sites that compromise your security"

I guess I'm silly. ;) What has not been produced are cases of widespread security issues involving web browsing. The pillar that everyone here is falling on falls back to email in one for or another. I admit, I am partially to blame for that since I let the topic deviate from my initial comment to arielb and fueled it even more.

Besides personal experience which I know doesn't amount to much in the grand scheme of things, I have searched and searched and searched for cases of where as a result of web browsing has caused anything close to a security hazard. All I read (icluding the links people have posted here) are things whos main propogation was via email.

As a result, this doesn't convince me in the least to admit error, or retract my statement to arielb, that he or she is more likely to get killed in a car wreck several times over than to come across a web page that compromises his or her security.

Back to email. So, I should use Mozilla Mail then if I don't use av software and I run an unpatched version of OE? The rationale being that because it happened before it will happen again? Was I not supposed to use Netscape 3.0 because Netscape 2.0 submitted my real email address to ftp sites I visited? Was I not supposed to use a newer version of netscape4 because an older version of netscape4 had a security hole (of which there have been many in the communicator line)? Whould whoever not use sendmail because older versions allowed one to breach a security hole within sendmail to fake their IP address? What about Apache? What about, etc. etc.??? What about all sorts of software that have had security issues? Are you suggesting that security is a Microsoft only thing? Or an OE only thing?

From where I am sitting it seems that all sorts of networking software (created by humans) has had issues in one form or the other, we just hear about the ones that effect the most popular and widely used packages is all.