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First off I have to admit that, while I'm far from being computer challenged, I'm not a nuts-and-bolts man when it comes to my computer and software. Which means I know just enough to be dangerous :-)
But I am thinking about changing web browsers. The reason for this is that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade from Explorer version 6 to version 7, and it looks like the new version of Explorer is offering some of the same functionality of Firefox, and ocassionally I have read about the advantages of Firefox. Which leads to the questions: Does Firefox live up to it's hype? Is it going to be significantly better than Explorer and, if so, in what ways?
For the people who dislike anything Microsoft, I understand and feel your pain. For the Mac crowd, I love 'em (I'm a former Mac owner) but the 'ol computer is only a couple of years old and so I'm not going to replace it.
Thanks in advance.
Guys, thanks for the comments. I've been reading the Mozilla/Firefox information off of their website in more detail, was over at Slashdot checking out comments there and it looks like it's time to download Firefox. IE may be catching up with their functionality but some of the basic premises in Firefox have got to be better.
Besides all the things the other Dookeyheads have said, Firefox is eminently customizable via various downloads and addons from the Mozilla site.
My copy of Firefox currently has an Adblocker (works perfectly) a cookie blocker, a weather forecasting applicaton, AND an add on that allows me to run IE in a Firefox window for those sites that require IE. Yup Firefox is written to serve us, IE is for Bill Gates. No contest.
Bill's Audio Cave
When IE7 came out I downloaded it at work and was saddened to see that it was essentially a copy of Firefox. It seems to me that MS has begun to play catch-up instead of leading the pack (if they ever truly were), and the creators of Firefox should feel proud that MS felt threatened enough to copy their design.
One thing I like about Firefox (and I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong in my illusions/delusions) is that it seems to generate lees pop-ups and "crap" than IE. I don't know the "techie" term for it but it has been my experience that Firefox seems more secure, or less hacker-prone, than IE. In other words, I look at it like a lock on my door where my neighbors have none. Why make it easier on the crooks? Bad analogy maybe, but there you go....
I, too, went Firefox awhile back based upon many recommendations I received here and elsewhere, and I, too, have never looked back.
One major reason is that Firefox adheres strictly to web standards whereas MS attempts to force it's own defacto browser standards on web site developers. Of course this can sometimes (but rarely) put FF at a disadvantage if a web site is geared towards IE only, such as Walmart's video download page.
There are no less security vulnerabilities in FF over IE, but the FF team seems to respond to them faster.
One more thing: IE has completely screwed up the user interface in my opinion.
made the switch a couple of years back and have not looked back. And that's me with an old 40gb Win98 PC. I'm not one to need all the newest tech advances so a change for me is a big deal. I'm "if it ain't broke - don't fix it" but I went to Mozilla.
jac - desperaudio
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