Rediff Asks if it's Time to Switch to Mozilla or Opera

Wednesday May 14th, 2003

Adam Hauner sent us a link to a article about Internet Explorer alternatives such as Mozilla and Opera. The report briefly examines the advantages that the alternative browsers have over IE, including better security, tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking. It also mentions the wide range of Mozilla add-ons that are available, with a special mention given to the NewsMonster RSS feed reader.

#11 How I started on the net

by ryanrafferty <>

Thursday May 15th, 2003 1:43 PM

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I started with BBS's- then over to Netscape on windows 3.1. It was bundled with my ISP, so it was no biggie. It did crash once and a while- which was a minor problem. IE came along and I decided to give it a try (those were naive times for me). I liked IE because of it seemed to have a cleaner, sort-of prettier interface, which fit better with other windows applications.

So that went on, Windows 95 came out eventually- and it wasn't like there was much of a choice between browsers- I was already convinced on IE, so I kept using it... but of course after Windows 95 everyone started to open their eyes to the real Microsoft- and start to see patterns emerging and coming together as to their Internet dominance plans.

After that I switched between Netscape/ie/ and eventually mozilla. I abandoned the whole Windows scene once and for all and now I'm on a mac using Safari mainly, sometimes Mozilla/phoenix and Camino.

I like the turn Apple took with KHTML, which I had used earlier on a linux system I put together- I really like simplicity, and I really like the way Mozilla is moving. I have used Opera, and am not all that impressed- the emulation modes were neat, but not enough to have me switch over these days (this isn't 1995 anymore).

The lesson I learned from all of it was to avoid IE. Yeah I might not use Mozilla for all my browsing needs for a variety of very minor issues, but there is still a place for it in my applications folder- unlike IE which sits and collects digital dust.