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 :)"

#2 Re:Browser FUD

by Joel Caris <>

Tuesday December 29th, 1998 12:35 AM

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The biggest problem with this article seems to be that it is months old. The article may be in the December issue, but it was obviously written in late September or early October. That's when the information is from (i.e. Novell choosing IE, 4.5 PR2).

Maybe they needed to use up some space so they decided to throw in that article that they never got around to publishing in the October issue.

Joel Caris