Browser FUD

Monday December 28th, 1998

Ben Gertzfield writes in with a link to some intriguing misinformation.

"In the December 1998 issue of Network Magazine," writes Ben, "there is an article entitled 'Skirmishes in the Browser Wars' available online here (free registration required) that seems to be severely misinformed.

A few relevant quotes:

'Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5 (IE5) is a bit farther along than Netscape's Communicator 5...(Note that I'm using the present tense for IE5 because you can run the alpha now, and the future tense for Mozilla 5 because there's nothing yet for a user to download and run.)'

and 'Netscape Communication's Communicator 5...should be able to decompress graphics faster than previous versions by exploiting Intel's Pentium MMX extensions.'

Yikes -- this is the first I've heard of both of these. Alan Zeichick is the author of this article; perhaps we should contact him and let him know all about mozillaZine and fetchBuilds :)"

#1 Re:Browser FUD

by Dan

Monday December 28th, 1998 10:30 PM

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I don't know about the first quote, but the second one proably came from the information on Netscape DevEdge site at <http://developer1.netscap….com:80/source/intel.html> It says that the original communicator source code release, contained code for an MMX optimized JPEG decoder.