BBC News Examines Alternative Browsers

Friday March 7th, 2003

A prolific writer writes: "I saw this article on the BBC News front page about alternatives to MSIE." As well as Mozilla, the report also looks briefly at Safari, Netscape, Opera and the secretive new Xwebs browser.

#9 Xwebs concept

by Ascaris <>

Saturday March 8th, 2003 11:10 AM

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"The browser handles multiple requests for information, he said. So, instead of a single stream of information, several streams are processed simultaneously."

Isn't that pretty much what the so-called download accelerators do?

Unless the single connection that one has with existing browsers is limited to one sixth or less of his incoming bandwidth by whatever means, the claims of 600% speed boost do not pass the b.s. test. Maybe, in fact, that is the point-- to bypass the bandwidth limiting on web servers. I have always assumed that the reason browsers do not do this now (when the technology is clearly not anything unusual-- being enabled on such notorious bandwidth hogs as Kazaa, for example) is because of the added load they would place on web servers. Maybe a given server would use a bandwidth limit to keep a few users on high-speed connections from using all of the bandwidth, and this kind of thing would allow those lucky folks with access to T1 or T3 connections to hog even more bandwidth than they already have. They would, in fact, be taking up much more than their fair share of bandwidth, and if this were widespread, the people with the fastest connections would in effect be doing a DOS attack of sorts on the web server.

Unless I am way off the mark here, this kid is simply taking IE and adding some bits from existing download accelerators for all HTTP connections, not just downloads. How is this revolutionary and amazing?

By the way, in reference to the original headline about "alternative" browsers-- I consider IE to be an alternative browser. Mozilla, by virtue of its Netscape lineage, is the standard to me, numbers notwithstanding.