August 28, 2003

Mozilla vs. IE

A couple weeks ago I downloaded the open-source Internet browser Mozilla. I really like the fact that it allows you to open pages in new tabs within the same window; you don't have to deal with your computer slowing down when you've got 18 browser windows open, and it's just much easier to navigate. Also, you can bookmark groups of pages -- for instance, my default/home setting opens about 8 tabs roughly corresponding to the blogfriends section of my blogroll, and I have several other bookmarks for the other sections. Every little time-saving measure helps, especially when you're lazy (me) or on dialup (me again, until (woohoo!) Monday...).

But there's one frustrating thing about Mozilla -- when you right-click your mouse, the first option is to 'close this tab' but the option just below it is 'close all other tabs'. I use a laptop with a touchpad so it's really easy to hit the wrong thing. And it's ever so frustrating to close 10 tabs which take about 2 minutes, maybe more, to load. Grrr.

The interface also took a bit of getting used to, since the model for Mozilla is Netscape Navigator. If they would design a skin that mimics IE, I bet a more people would use it. Then again, maybe Microsoft would get mad. IE is a elegant browser, but Mozilla lets you do more. There's a built-in mail application too, but I haven't been able to figure out how to configure it yet. I think it asks for a pop3 server and the MSN Help only gives me some other thing. Whatever, I'll just use Outlook.

Posted by Tim at August 28, 2003 03:56 AM

I love Mozilla. Whenever I use IE, I find myself middle-clicking links, expecting them to load in the background in another tab while I continue reading the current page. But IE lacks even the concept of tabs. Load in the background? What does that mean?

Hooray for Mozilla! Hooray!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 28, 2003 10:26 AM

Plus Mozilla Mail has first-rate spam filtering.

And it laughs at viruses! Ha ha!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 28, 2003 10:28 AM

I use Avant. (

It has an interface much like Mozilla with built-in popup blocking and other gee-whiz features.

I tried Mozilla but did not like it as much.

Posted by: DarthVOB at August 28, 2003 03:02 PM

Forgot to mention...the menu bars are the same as IE. Also, your current favorites (from IE) do not require importation, they are just there. As are your IE security and privacy settings.

Avant is really just a new interface fot the IE dll's that includes the MDI of Mozilla / Netscape.

Posted by: DarthVOB at August 28, 2003 03:04 PM

I was a slave of IE for several years, my machine was very slow after opening a few new windows...

But one day i found the Mozilla Firebird browser, and i have to say it was a bless. From that day i never used again IE 6. I had enought downloading windows updates for it. why should windows crash if your browser crashes ?!?!?

i REALLY recommend MOZILLA. It may take a few seconds more when starting, but then is really faster, and almost NEVER crash !! unbeliave but truth...

ALSO i'm tired of being a microsoft dependent... i hope that mozilla makes some sort of MSN soon...

PD: Bill gates SUCKS

Posted by: Ed at October 20, 2003 12:24 AM

I love mozilla. I have the search engine "google" set as a keyword, so all I have to type in is "gg" to get to google. Plus say for example i want to do a search on cats, then i just type in "gg cats". It saves so much time.
If you used IE before and had lots of bookmarks that is fine, it imports them for you!
2 thumbs up for Mozilla.

Posted by: Genny at November 28, 2003 02:47 PM

i haven't really tried it but i would say that i am comfortable with my avant browser. lately, however, it seems that it has gotten a bit weak on blocking spyware and those annoying pop-up ads. so, i guess i would give this browser a try.

Posted by: whacked at December 9, 2003 05:27 AM

Hey Guys,

I've been a Linux user for two years now, and through all the different distro's I've treid, I finally found the one to settle down with, SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional. (Until I get my hands on 9.0 Professional).

My only problem with Linux was the web browser scene. Until now I had kept Windows on a dual boot for Visual Studio.Net and IE6.

Now IE6 is lacking in a world of features, but it supports everything you need it to.

I had also been using Ximian Evolution for E-Mail, which was nice but not really my thing.

Last night after more hours of using Konqueror searching for browser reviews, telling you all about how great Mozilla/Konqueror/Galeon etc, are I read a few articles on Mozilla Firebird.

I downloaded it, and installed it painlessly, and WOW. I am no longer in anyway dependant on IE.
It's far faster at loading than Mozilla, the layout is simple but not too simple like Galeons.
The flash plug-in took but seconds to download and install. SuSE 8.2 Professional comes with Sun Java 1.4, so for me nothing really else to do.

Also I downloaded Mozilla Thunderbird, and yet again, WOW. It is better than any other program I've used on Windows or Linux.

Now all I need is a C / C++ IDE as good as Visual Studio.Net to remove Windows from my computer completly.

If you want to see the latest in Linux browsers, download Firebird now, although it may not suit everyone.

Both Firebird 0.7 and Thunderbird 0.4 are billiant. I can't wait to see what the first full release's of both programs will be like.

Thanks Guys
Sergeant Roach

Posted by: SergeantRoach at December 12, 2003 09:10 AM

Yes, Firebird is definitely an excellent program. But Mozilla got into a copyright row with the Firebird database project, and so now they have released and trademarked Mozilla Firefox (0.8). Try it loads faster and has a better download manager. I can't believe anyone would use IE over Mozilla (regular or Firefox). If you have a Mac, you might want to try Camino. The other nice things about Mozilla and its browsers (Mozilla, Firefox, Camino) are that they're open-source, they're fast, they're more full featured than IE, they comply to new standards, they're platform independent (Yes, I even found one for BeOS), and they're not part of the Microsoft hegemony. The thing about Opera is that it's closed source and the free version displays banner ads; IE just sucks.

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