Robin Bloor Switches to Mozilla Firefox, Considers Thunderbird

Monday April 19th, 2004

Brian Smithson writes: "Robin Bloor, of UK-based Bloor Research, has just written a positive article about Firefox and Thunderbird on Bloor's website. He writes: 'It took me a whole five minutes to decide to ditch Internet Explorer and switch to Firefox.'"

#1 favourite part

by jsebrech

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 3:22 AM

I like the part "it's not really about open source, it's about product quality"

That's the way I'd like people to think about's products.

#2 Re: favourite part

by dave532

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 6:04 AM

Yeah the open source aspect is nothing to do with firefox as far as the vast majority of users are concerned. The average user doesn't care what the licence is they're happy as long as they can use it.

I see some people still think Firefox is geeky compared to IE and there's no real reason people can say that. Firefox has to be the simplest browser out there while still having the most important features of the suite and with the changes Ben's working on for 0.9 it should have extension management that's second to none.

In short by 1.0 there'll only be a minority of cases wher IE can be considered the better browser. For the vast majority there'll be no reason not to switch.

#3 Re: Re: favourite part here's something geeky...

by buff

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 9:04 AM

I use Firefox on Linux because it is the best browser I have been able to find. Yesterday I was testing out an extension I was making on Windows and I was suprised to find out that the drag and drop features in Firefox are limited in compared to IE. I was using Yahoo mail and I went to drag an attached image to the desktop and what actually was copied to the desktop wasn't the image. I know it hasn't reached 1.0 yet but the average Windows user is going to expect things like this to work. It's great you have tabs and popup blocking and UI customization but I am getting the feeling the average Windows user is so used to what they have if there is any kind of inconsistency bobble in Firefox like the drag and drop they won't give it a second try.

#4 Re: Re: Re: favourite part here's something geeky.

by jesse

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 12:52 PM

WFM. I dragged the Google logo from Firefox to my desktop and it copied logo.gif correctly. Are you doing something differently?

#5 Re: Re: Re: favourite part here's something geeky.

by Jugalator

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 9:39 AM

I recall an earlier build of Firefox created .url files for me (text documents that when double-clicked goes to the website described within) when dragged out of the browser. But I thought this was fixed now, since it's working here at least.