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Internet Explorer for UNIX Discontinued

Thursday September 19th, 2002

Gervase Markham writes: "Internet Explorer 5 for HP/UX and Solaris is no longer officially available from Microsoft, according to the IE for Unix front page. The actual download page is still up here, but for how long?

"It's not certain when this happened, but it was probably quite recently, looking at posts in their newsgroup; the Wayback Machine doesn't help, but Google's cache is still the original site.

"This is obviously the last nail in the coffin of 'IE's cross-platform support'. Gecko-based browsers are now the only game in town for download-and-install free software on these two platforms."

Though we don't usually post negative articles about rival browsers, this one was too interesting to pass up.


#13 Re: Re: no loss

by niner

Thursday September 19th, 2002 3:26 PM

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> Shurely not, Mac IE actually does a fair job with the standards

Are you sure? Yeah Mac IE may do a fair job with standards but it's so damn buggy. Most of the time it totally screws up the layout if it's even showing something. If there was no IE for Mac I could do all pages far more standards compilant depending purely on CSS for layout. But it happens so often with relative and absolute positioning that Mac IE get's confused, it's really difficult. The PC versions of IE all have their problems and behaviours that are against all standards but at least they are fairly stable. If they do something right, they do something right every time, if they do something wrong they always do.

But apart from that I'd be mmmmuuuuccccchhhh happier if there were no IE at all...