'Houston Chronicle' Raves About Easy, Fun, Fast, Safe, Free Mozilla Firefox

Saturday March 13th, 2004

The Houston Chronicle has an article about Mozilla Firefox, describing the browser as "easy, fun, fast, safe, free". The report highlights Firefox's popup blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated Google search, extensions, download manager, speed and privacy options. Thanks to tityre for telling us about this article.

#18 Re: Firefox is the only alternative?

by jsebrech

Sunday March 14th, 2004 3:40 AM

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You do understand that the opinion of firefox users is that firefox does everything opera does, as good or better, but that it is truly free (in both senses of the word), don't you? I have yet to witness this claimed bad extension interplay myself, and I use firefox exclusively (though I admit to installing few extensions, since I find the default install very satisfying in functionality, even if it doesn't do everything opera does by default).

As far as I can see the opera / firefox choice is a lifestyle choice. They're both capable browsers who far outstrip IE in speed and features. There's no need to diss firefox if you're an opera user.

As for why firefox gets the publicity... I think because opera isn't sexy. It's not open-source, it's not new, it's not pretty (after a default install). It's not a cool product to the casual reviewer. Firefox is. Even the name "opera" is uncool. I agree, that's a bullshit reason, but the world is based on image more than on logic.

I do think the mozilla and opera teams provide good competition for each other. Opera let their standards support lag, and it wasn't until gecko whooped their ass that they got serious about that, and updated their engine so they could bear the standards flag again. And mozilla should take the lessons of footprint, speed, and rendering styles (small-screen rendering, projection rendering, ...) from opera, as is happening through things like the minimo project.