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Kuro5hin.org Publishes Mozilla Firebird Primer for Windows Users

Monday February 2nd, 2004

Technology and culture site Kuro5hin.org has published a primer introducing Windows users to Mozilla Firebird. The article outlines some reasons to switch to Firebird and before offering some advice about making it the default browser and installing Macromedia Flash Player. Thanks to Adam Hauner for the link.


#1 Not the best endorsement I've seen

by mesostinky

Monday February 2nd, 2004 4:36 PM

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I love the way Firebird gets built up as a great browser and then near the end we get this in nice Bold print.

"I definitely do not recommend using Firebird for any actual work, since it's still in pre-release, and stability is obviously not guaranteed. I recommend MSIE for anything work-related, and switch to Firebird for casual browsing."

Up to you if you want to leave this link to Kuro5hin, but personally I'd remove it.

btw for anyone new who just found out about Firebird or came over as a result of the article, Firebird is DEFINITELY useful for "actual work" and is a very stable. Myself and many others here use Firebird at work all day long in varied work environments. Unless you find site that 100% flat out won't work with Mozilla/Firebird there is no reason to not switch to Firebird and stop using Internet Explorer completely.

#2 Re: Not the best endorsement

by mlefevre

Monday February 2nd, 2004 4:54 PM

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Mozilla.org's page says "Mozilla Firebird is a Technology Preview. ... we make no guarantees of its performance or stability in its pre-1.0 state and it should not be relied upon for mission- critical tasks."

If the developers thought Firebird was ready, it wouldn't still be at 0.7/0.8. Besides, Mozillazine has linked to stuff that's a lot more critical than this article.

#3 Re: Re: Not the best endorsement

by jedbro

Monday February 2nd, 2004 5:16 PM

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True, but "We make no guarantees of it's performance or stability" is very different than saying "I definitely do not recommend using Firebird for any actual work, since it's still in pre-release, and stability is obviously not guaranteed. " Note the "Definitely do not recommend", who here can "recommend IE" for a work environment? Who can "Recommend IE" to me for dealing with my bank accounts?

Heck, I could ask this over at slashdot and be pretty much sure of an atleast 80% agreement that IE is definitally not the safer nor "more stable" browser. Even my girlfriend is amazed that FB has not yet once crashed on her. (disclaimer: I'm sure there are some very easy ways to crash FB/Moz, but so are there with IE)

I do agree FB is not "Consumer ready" and is definitally not at 1.0 release yet. But It just amazes me that one would consider IE more "stable" and "safe" than the mozilla counterparts.

just my 2cents

#4 Re: Re: Not the best endorsement

by unclebob <bradleyjquinn@hotmail.com>

Tuesday February 3rd, 2004 7:00 AM

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Heck, IE has crashed 5 times this week on the MSN web site! I have the error logs on my desktop to prove it.