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Ars Technica Review of Mozilla 1.0

Wednesday July 31st, 2002

No fewer than six people wrote in to tell us about Ars Technica's in-depth review of Mozilla 1.0. As well as rating the Windows version of Mozilla, the article also examines the success of the Mozilla project as a whole. When looking at the product, Gecko was highly praised but Navigator and Mail & Newsgroups came in for criticism. However, the review is much more positive about the Mozilla project, declaring it as "nothing less than a resounding success."


#3 Several very positive comments

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Wednesday July 31st, 2002 5:55 PM

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He says basically "no feature compelling enough to move away from IE" but goes on to conclude with:

"If you're dead set against a Microsoft solution, your two major choices are Opera and Mozilla. They're both great, and generally problem free, but Mozilla beats Opera in a few key areas. The interface is arguably nicer, the rendering engine provides better web standards support (especially when it comes to Javascript and the DOM) and it seems to handle current webpages slightly better. I suspect that many Opera fans will disagree, of course."

"If you are a Netscape 4.x user, upgrade yesterday. Mozilla is much more stable, renders websites better, and does things quicker. Mozilla won't choke on random bits of HTML like older Netscape versions will, and it's capable of handling advanced features of web development that were previously unavailable to Netscape browsers."

"If you are using a non-Windows computer, though, upgrading to Mozilla (or any other Gecko based browser) is a natural choice. Unlike Windows, no other operating system has a browser with the polish of IE 6. The feature-set and standards-compliance of Mozilla is definitely the best out there on non-Windows platforms."

"The Mozilla project has been nothing less than a resounding success. The mozilla.org group has created a realistic alternative to IE for both today's web and 5 years from now's web. By creating viable competition for IE they've raised the bar and pushed other browser developers ahead. Is there any doubt that IE6 would be of a much lower quality had the Mozilla project not been looming over the Internet Explorer team? Overall, the Mozilla developers (both the Netscape employees and the outside help) did an incredible job overcoming hurdles and sticking to their stated goals."

--Asa