Macworld Browser Comparison Features Mozilla, Chimera and Netscape

Saturday November 23rd, 2002

Bjarne D Mathiesen writes: "Macworld has published an online article comparing the different browsers available for Mac OS X. Frankly — in my opinion — they haven't done a very good job in discovering all of the features in Mozilla. The author mentions some third-party programs for blocking ads etc. but there's no mention of mozdev; and quote: 'But Netscape adds extra features such as an e-mail client, a chat interface' — then how about Mozilla? There's no mention of the Mozilla offerings in this regard. Then there's a mention of the built-in HTML validator in iCab (almost the only thing that does work) that is praised as handy for webdesigners, but no mention at all of the Mozilla Composer — I suppose that isn't handy?"

There's also several other errors. The author seems to be unaware that Netscape 7.0 includes tabbed browsing and implies that only Chimera (referred to throughout the article as Navigator) features pop-up blocking. There is some good news though: the article concludes that Gecko-based browsers could "mount a credible challenge to IE's dominance" and that Chimera's "speed and rendering fidelity make it the OS X browser to watch."

#5 Surprized at the choice of the name Chimera

by PaulB <>

Saturday November 23rd, 2002 7:09 PM

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A quick dictionary check finds these entries note especially definition 3:

"Definitions for "chimera"

Definiton 1 of 3 Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ------- Chimera \Chime"ra\, n.; pl. {Chimeras}. [L. chimaera a chimera (in sense 1), Gr. ? a she-goat, a chimera, fr. ? he-goat; cf. Icel. qymbr a yearling ewe.] 1. (Myth.) A monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon. ``Dire chimeras and enchanted isles.'' --Milton.

2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author. --Burke.

Definiton 2 of 3 Source: WordNet (r) 1.7 ------- Chimera n 1: (Greek mythology) fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon [syn: {Chimera}, {Chimaera}] 2: a grotesque product of the imagination [syn: {chimaera}]

Definiton 3 of 3 Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (09 FEB 02) ------- Chimera

A modular, {X Window System}-based {World-Wide Web} {browser} for {Unix}. Chimera uses the {Athena} {widget} set so {Motif} is not needed. Chimera supports forms, inline images, {TERM}, {SOCKS}, {proxy server}s, {Gopher}, {FTP}, {HTTP} and local file accesses. Chimera can be extended using external programs. New {protocol}s can easily be added and alternate image formats can be used for inline images (e.g. {PostScript}).

Version 1.60 is available for {(<>)}.

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Chimera runs on {Sun} {SPARC} {SunOS} 4.1.x, {IBM} {RS/6000} {AIX} 3.2.5, {Linux} 1.1.x. It should run on anything with {X11}R[3-6], {imake} and a {C} compiler.


To me Chimera seems like an odd choice for the name of the browser for OS X, especially since one definition for Chimera is "a grotesque product of the imagination". As well there already appears to be a Unix/Linux browser of the same name. Does anyone know about the Unix Chimera refered to in definition #3 above? If it is still in use and has prior claims to the name Chimera, then may be best that Mozilla select a new name for the OS x browser Chimera.