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Old 09-26-04, 05:56 PM   #1
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Mozilla Firefox- Anyone swapped yet?

Has anyone swapped from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox yet? I just installed Firefox and i really like it! It'll take some getting used to but i reckon i'll end up liking it more than IE.

Anyone else tried it/is using it at the moment?

Also, if you want to try it, download it here: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
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Old 09-26-04, 07:04 PM   #2
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Made the switch ages ago when some spyware kept resetting my homepage and disabling my OPEN LOCATION function. Never been happier. I only wish that when browsing if I hit Ctrl+N and open a new window, in mozilla it opens to a blank page but in IE it re-pastes the url in the new window and opens the same page you were at. I haven't upgraded to the newest version so maybe they changed that.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:48 PM   #3
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Did it a few weeks ago. It rocks. No more spyware or sneaky viriuses, and by by to pop up ads. This new Compaq my dear wife bought came with some kind of spyware installed by Compaq! I like the browsing by tabs. I have bookmarks all of my favorite bike sites under one folder and open them in a set of tabs to browse faster.
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I played it with it a while back and didn't like that the look-and-feel was too much like IE. I'll stick with Mozilla.
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I've been using it a couple of months now. I'd been a die hard MSIE user, but the lack of security and the pop-up BS was a real downer. There's some things that don't work quite right, but not enough to be a problem
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Nope...still can't be bothered. IE works well and really I don't get popups. Run adaware once a week and things are good....now with xp sp2 popups are gone too. I do use other browsers if I do web design, but thats a have to...definately not a want to.
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I have spy bot to clean up spyware but I haven't got but one or two spyware since I got a firewall box and a good security program which also take care of viruses, most hackers, popups and even some banners(if I want it to).
I don't know why people get all picky about browsers anyway, you see the same webpages, they all use the same forward, backward, stop, refresh buttons, a bookmark/favorite list and an address bar. What more could ya need?
It's like friction shifters, there all pretty much the same.
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Old 09-27-04, 06:24 AM   #8
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I did Mozilla quite awhile ago. Very happy.
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Old 09-27-04, 09:13 AM   #9
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yeah, but when MSIE crashes it takes the whole system with it. On the rare occasion that FireFox takes a dump it's just restart the app & go.
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I love Firefox. Use on PC and Mac. Been using it since Firebird. I only use IE when absolutely necessary (when ignorant companies design their Web sites for IE only).
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I've been using it for about a year. As a web developer I like the web development tools that you can plug into it. IE does indeed have spyware problems though I suspect that Firefox will to as it becomes more popular. IE is also not fully CSS compliant which is really a pain in the ass when trying to develop in CSS standards. Since most people still use IE you must continue to develop for it at the expense of better browsers like Firefox and Opera. And as mesioned earlier unfortunatlly some web sites only function under IE, bad idea...
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Old 09-27-04, 10:35 AM   #12
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I recently made the jump to Opera. I keep IE around because some sites seem to require it (my bank, fer cryin out loud). Anything I can do to be less susceptible to spyware, viruses, trojans, and other nefarious hacks is a good thing, IMO.
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i would use firefox exclusively if i could, but there are a few things that only IE supports for work stuff. but i can't stand all the garbage that comes with IE so i only use it if i have no choice. firefox works flawlessly 95% of the time. that's much better than IE.
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I don't know why people get all picky about browsers anyway, you see the same webpages, they all use the same forward, backward, stop, refresh buttons, a bookmark/favorite list and an address bar. What more could ya need?
It's like friction shifters, there all pretty much the same.
I run multiple types of OSes and my OS of choice is not Windows so I happen to prefer cross-platform functionality. I want my primary browser choice to act the same regardless of OS and this is why I choose something other than IE. IE is not like friction shifters... it's more like the Shimano Saint's hub-mounted rapid-rise rear derailleur.
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Old 09-27-04, 10:44 AM   #15
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I recently went ot Natscape 7.2. I hate IE. How does Mozilla Firefox compare?

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I recently went ot Natscape 7.2. I hate IE. How does Mozilla Firefox compare?
IE is a browser only thus is faster and smaller. It uses the same gecko engine and XUL internals as Netscape which itself is based off Mozilla. Think of Firefox as like the browser component of Netscape (aka Communicator) but adorned with an IE look and feel interface.
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Old 09-27-04, 01:03 PM   #17
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I noticed that some of you said that you kept IE around incase you needed it. My question is that, is there any way to actually remove IE from your system (I am running win2000 proffessional) I tried to reinstall it when I was having problems with it and couldn't find a way to fully remove it first before reinstalling a new clean, properly working version.
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I use Firefox 98% of the time, I can only think of two websites that are IE specific. I personaly have installed firefox on everyone of my family members computers, and just about all of my close friends now use firefox.

BTW, checking my stats for the month of Sept, ~8% of the visitors to this site use Mozilla in one form or another. Last month it was under 5%.
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Old 09-27-04, 03:00 PM   #19
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IE is a browser only thus is faster and smaller. It uses the same gecko engine and XUL internals as Netscape which itself is based off Mozilla. Think of Firefox as like the browser component of Netscape (aka Communicator) but adorned with an IE look and feel interface.

IE is a browser only??? I thought it was an intergral part of the Windows O/S.
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IE is a browser only??? I thought it was an intergral part of the Windows O/S.
Erf! I'm awaiting the lightning bolt of smite to fall upon my head now. I meant to say that Firefox is only a browser.
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Erf! I'm awaiting the lightning bolt of smite to fall upon my head now. I meant to say that Firefox is only a browser.
i don't think you have to worry about lightning bolts. mr. gates' henchmen is a different story though.
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i don't think you have to worry about lightning bolts. mr. gates' henchmen is a different story though.
Yeah... and they're right around the corner! Some of them are my neighbours.
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I've been using FireFox since it's been Firebird too.
Once you've used the "middle button, open link in a new tab" function you can't go back. Tabbed browsing is awesome as well as "bookmark all tabs as a group" function.

Two extensions I use that are real nice to have is DictionarySearch and PlainTextLinks. DictionarySearch allows you to highlight a word, right click on it, and open a new tab with that word looked up via dictionary.com. PlainTextLinks allows you to highlight a URL that may not have anchor tags and open that URL in a new tab. Quite simply, AWESOME!
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Firefox PR 1.0 doesn't render the pop-up tips (when you mouseover a topic) properly on this site, can't do correct layout for my work's Groupwise logon page and it can't properly display Slashdot.org therefore it goes to the recycle bin until the next revision. Close but no cigar.
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Pfft the only one true browser is opera. Ultra fast and very nice.
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