eWeek Predicts Mozilla will Challenge Internet Explorer

Monday July 28th, 2003

In his latest opinion piece for eWeek, Jim Rapoza tackles a favourite topic of tech columnists recently: are the Browser Wars coming back? Rapoza thinks that they are and says Microsoft's recent decision to only provide enhancements to Internet Explorer via Windows upgrades could leave an opening for alternative browsers. Mozilla, Rapoza argues, is well-placed to take advantage of this opportunity with its up-to-date and innovative technology.

#13 Wrong configuration!

by Surge

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 8:42 AM

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I have installed Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird on computers of my friends and family and here is what I think is totally wrong with the whole Mozilla business. 1. Not user-friendly, user-pleasant: Ugly default themes, Ugly pop-up when browser is started, without special themes browser feels FAT especially on 1024x768 resolution 2. Unusable default tabs, to get them work properly (like Single-Window operation) or not to close currently open tab you need to install "Tabbrowser Extensions" plugin... I can install it and know about it - my father and friend don't and they will not bother using Mozilla after several minutes of "default" configuration (and even with the plugin you need to go through 10 setup screens to make it work properly). 3. Long start time, even with preloader Mozilla browser is super slow and Mozilla Firebird only marginally better. 4. HUGE memory footprint after a day or so running non-stop, Mozilla seems to have memory leaks in every single line of code, after a day of operation memory footprint increases from 35Mb to 150...not usable on 99% of computers out there which have 128mb of memory (I don't count a few geeks with 1+Gb of memory like I have). 5. Inadequate help, each page in the options should have "Help" button, people got used to it in MS products and they miss it in Mozilla. 6. Bad default configuration, Mozilla & Mozilla Firebird both display pages slower then IE in default mode, only after manually resetting some of the values in about:config or pref.js I can make browser to be "as fast" or "a bit faster" in displaying websites.

All in all, by default browser should be usable and fast, many people are scared even to open "Options" menus to configure the browser, let alone manually editing something in about:config