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.

#8 Re: Re: Re: Hmm, this doesn't seems right . . .

by AlexBishop <>

Thursday May 15th, 2003 7:40 AM

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"In which case, the first line 'For a piece of software that recently celebrated its tenth birthday . . .' is still misleading, as NCSA Mosaic itself won't be 10 years old for another six months."

NCSA Mosaic celebrated its tenth birthday a few weeks ago. And, of course, there were browsers before that.

"IIRC, IE was originally based upon a custom version of Mosaic that Microsoft bought from a company called Spyglass in 1994, whereas Netscape was originally built upon a codebase closer to the original NCSA Mosaic."

Spyglass were given the rights to license the Mosaic code to commercial companies (possibly just the Windows version, I don't recall). Netscape contained no Mosaic code but was made by many former members of the Mosaic team.