Forbes Raves About Mozilla Firebird

Wednesday February 4th, 2004

In the personal technology section of its website, Forbes magazine raves about Mozilla Firebird. The browser's tabbed browsing, popup blocking and integrated search are all given glowing reviews. "If, in its unfinished state, Firebird is this good," Forbes says, "perhaps Microsoft should be worried." Thanks to Darin Fisher for the link.

#7 Re: capitalize

by jsebrech

Wednesday February 4th, 2004 1:38 PM

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Right now, firebird can afford to not be absolutely perfect in every way because it isn't 1.0 yet. If 1.0 were released it would not only have to be better than every other browser out there, but a lot better, for it to not get "what's the big deal?" reviews.

What firebird needs to convert IE users who aren't techies is not just good site compatibility and excellent performance. It needs to "just work". Installing plugins should not require reading a howto, for example (maybe the homepage in a default install could be set to a xul app that has links to download and run the appropriate plugin installers for java and flash?). Anything that requires more effort to switch over from IE than downloading an exe and doubleclicking it is going to get firebird thrashed. That's reality. It sucks, but what can you do about it?

Although personally I do think firebird 0.7 is much better than IE in every respect.