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Tuesday February 4th, 2003

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#4 Easier installation of plug-ins

by wilhlm

Thursday February 6th, 2003 4:58 AM

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Can I ask completely off-topic question? I was just heading over here because I just loaded yet another page that needed plugin. When XP was installed on my work machine the other day, i used IE for a couple of hours until I had download Mozilla to have a better browsing experience. It was so natural that I only thought about it later.

Thinking about why I did it so naturally in retrospect, it seems to me that the reason is that Mozilla is better than IE in four respects: 1) Tabbed browsing 2) Download manager 3) It feels more stable 4) You can easily block pop-ups

It seems to me that there is a real value proposition here, compared to IE.

Which leads me to the real question. What remains of inconvenience compared to IE is that pages everywhere have plugins that takes some effort to install, and even when i do, it doesn't seem to work properly.

Could this situation be rectified somehow? The ideal thing would be to click on the missing plugin, and it installed itself without leaving the page and clicking "OK" more than once. Or perhaps they could be installed at once during the original installation of the browser?

It seems to me that if this situation improved, then Mozilla will quite objectively be a better and more convenient browser than IE.

One minor point in addition though. The splash screen with the dragon seems awfully amateurish, and I can't understand how has managed to stay for so long. It gives the first impression of the browser each time you start and make you think you are launching product made in a garage. The best thing would be to have professional designer make a new one, but the situation can be improved right way by simply deleting it until something better is found.

Anyway, thanks to the developers for making such convenient and high quality product for me. I use it several hours heach day, so I have every reason to thank you.