The truth about my life

Tue, 09 Nov 2004

As some of you may already know, Firefox reached 1.0 today. I think I have some words to spend on this. I'll try to spell less about Microsoft.

Firefox, which started as a split of Mozilla Browser is based on the decade-old Netscape browser code which Mozilla Foundation inherited from AOL.

If you're old enough to remember Microsoft's inclusion of Internet Explorer to Windows 98 followed by the reaction of Netscape; you'd remember how Microsoft killed it on Windows. Though it was able to survive on Unix-like deployments, Netscape lost the market. That's what happened.

To be able to fully replace Netscape Communicator Suite (browser, mailer, newsgroups-reader, full-featured HTML composer and such), Microsoft had to invent Outlook Express and Frontpage Express. You're right, they were stripped-down versions of the same names. And yes, you were getting them for free with your copy of Windows. (I didn't say they were good or bad or anything, I just tell you they were there even if you have installed nothing along with your Windows.)

Now that you know about the story a little bit more, it seems like Netscape returns with a new face. Now a lot stronger, Firefox is in the battlefield.

By the way, I never liked Opera at all. Not that it's based on the legendary Qt widget set, it merely sucks in the usability area. Here is the rule: showing-off every single feature the software has doesn't make it any better. It goes very well along with KDE and Gentoo, if you like espresso with sugar and cream. (No flames, I'm just being honest.)

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