'PC Pro' Columnist Recommends Mozilla Firebird

Saturday August 30th, 2003

jgraham writes: "The UK magazine PC Pro has a very positive article about Mozilla Firebird. In particular, the writer praises the fact that Firebird is standalone, and does not provide an unwanted mail client. He also appreciates the ability to add extra functionality through extensions. The article also goes on to mention the Mozilla Amazon Browser, and is enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by XUL based applications."

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#8 Re: A reality check...

by Zaccix

Sunday August 31st, 2003 10:32 AM

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The argument that browsers should replicate IE "standards" in order to be acceptable to the masses is a flawed one. Whatever happened to making a better browser than IE and showing people how and why it's better?

The majority of people use IE, but this is because the sad truth is lots of businesses have standardised on it, and are so scared of losing money if Joe Public can't use their site with it. This is the main reason why businesses are slow to pick up on web standards.

Firebird needs to be exposed to people who think IE is "good enough". Show them popup-blocking; explain that Firebird is far more secure than the swiss cheese browser that is IE; tell them that pages load faster; show them tabbed browsing; ask them to recommend Firebird to their friends if they like it. There are so many ways that Firebird completely destroys IE in terms of functionality, but unless people on the street start to use it, the current status quo will never change.

I always recommend Firebird when a conversation about browsers occurs, and have some ideas of my own to try and get the word out there, because, as a part-time webmonkey myself, I've had enough of living in an IE-dominated world.