Should I use Mozilla?

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by alabaster, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. alabaster

    alabaster Guest

    I'm looking for an alternative to IE. Is Mozilla a standalone program (like
    Opera), or does it integrate with explorer?

    The main thing I'm looking for is to have a browser which isn't so tightly
    integrated into the OS and shell. I feel like everything I do in IE just
    leaves fingerprints all over my computer. I need to keep my PC running
    squeaky clean for professional audio production, and I feel like using IE a
    lot just bloats and mucks up my system.

    I do need to use the internet a great deal, but I feel like a standalone
    browser which keeps all the cookies, favorites, temp files, etc. etc. in its
    own domain will interfere less with my OS. I'll still use IE occasionally,
    but I want a less intrusive browser for everyday use.

    Is Mozilla what i want?

    alabaster, Sep 11, 2003
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    Zeperd Guest

    Mozilla is a multi-platform browser and a great replacement for
    Internet Explorer. Because of it's 'nature' and background, it's
    a fully stand-alone program. I'm using version 1.2 under Linux,
    but I believe that the latest version by now is 1.4. You might
    want to give it a try.


    Zeperd, Sep 11, 2003
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  3. 1.4 for is the current stable branch. 1.3b is availablle, and seems
    pretty stable from here.

    Leonidas Jones, Sep 12, 2003
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    Sensei Guest

    1.4 is stable and rocking, 1.5 is in beta testing.
    Sensei, Sep 12, 2003
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    Marius Guest

    In one word I would say YES. :)
    Marius, Sep 12, 2003
  6. Unless you want an intergrated Mail Package, then Mozilla
    Thunderbird is ya baby. It has replaced my IE browser and I
    won't be going back. Opera is ok too and independent of OS,
    but it always seems a bit bloated for my tastes.

    Bryan Harrison, Sep 12, 2003
  7. My typing is absurd.

    I meant 1.5b, not 1.3b.

    Leonidas Jones, Sep 12, 2003
  8. I am sure Bryan means Mozilla Firebird, the standalone browser.
    Thunderbird is the standalone email/news client.

    Leonidas Jones, Sep 12, 2003
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    Gnomalarta Guest

    Whilst decanting a beer Gnomalarta smiled when he saw that Leonidas
    Jones had written in
    Mine twoo!

    Gnomalarta, Sep 12, 2003
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    alabaster Guest

    Any chance Thunderbird can interface with Hotmail accounts, like OE?

    alabaster, Sep 12, 2003
  11. There is a freeware ap called Hotmail Popper that will allow you to do this.

    I've never used Hotmail myself, but I use a similar thing for Yahoo,
    called YahooPops, which works pretty well.

    Leonidas Jones, Sep 12, 2003
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    Gnomalarta Guest

    Whilst decanting a beer Gnomalarta smiled when he saw that alabaster had
    written in
    Sadly no. Hotmail uses non-standard protocols.

    Thunderbird help is here:

    BTW, isn't using the idea of using The Bird and having an Hopmail account
    some kind illness :)

    Gnomalarta, Sep 12, 2003
  13. hotmail popper works fine. you can download it from
    it's free and has fairly extensive instructions for how to install it.
    I'm no expert, so I don't really know how it gets through the bizarro
    hotmail protocols, but I reckon it's some sort of sorcery.

    Tom and Gemma, Sep 14, 2003
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    Aaron Guest

    I'm no expert but it's probably some kind of script that logs in via http
    (you can see the connections in the logs) then sends it along in pop

    Aaron, Sep 18, 2003
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    Night_Seer Guest

    I just got it and it works fine...gets hung up when you have tons of
    mail in hotmail, and it doesn't separate them out into your hotmail folders,
    but once you get it all set up in TB (along with junkmail etc) it works
    great. So long for good OE :)
    Night_Seer, Sep 18, 2003
  16. To put it as succinctly as possible: Mozilla (current release is
    v1.5-RC2) is far superior to IE in every way I can see.

    This is not just speaking as a layman; I was a MCSE with an 18-year
    career in Information Technology (until lung disease forced me into
    medical retirement nearly 2 years back). About IE, to paraphrase Dave
    Bowman (from "2001: A Space Odyssey"), "My God, its full of holes!"

    From a security standpoint alone, try running IE and then the current
    Mozilla install by the free security check at this site: -- it is an independent
    Browser Security Test. Running IE across this has shown me many MAJOR
    seciruty breaches in IE; and I have never got anything more than a MINOR
    hit on Mozilla, and those have all been things that could be easily
    fixed in the Mozilla Preferences panel.

    Not to mention the fact that you are rightly concerned with the
    "footprints" left by IE -- some of these are frightening, unless you
    happen to be a huge fan of US Attorney General John Ashcroft and the
    "Patriot Act". By contrast, you can very easily setup Mozilla to leave
    very little or virtually nothing in its wake.

    Since I have been in retirement, I have dumped IE almost completely -- I
    rarely use it for anything; the only use I have for it is an occasional
    use of the MHTML web-page save feature, and I try vehemently not to use
    it either...

    There is literally no reason that you should need to use IE on a
    day-to-day basis. Dump it at Warp-9!
    Stephen Burnett, Oct 6, 2003
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    Victor Guest

    Oh my Gosh... No, I definetely disagree with you. IE had security holes that
    won't affect you if you apply security patches.
    You can visit any web sites with lots of DHTML with IE. Now Mozilla is a
    real piece of c**p. Try Mozilla for a week, you'll see what I'm talking
    about. There are many pages (the nicest on the web actually) that won't
    display nice menus, behaviors on the pages and so forth...
    Mozilla is very slow on some sites, whereas IE is quick. I have seen even
    sites that don't even appear in Mozilla!
    I watch streaming video everyday (broadcast news) with IE, but I can't with
    Mozilla - The page remains blank, it won't load (the page uses advanced
    Firebird is a little better but these problems remain...
    Victor, Oct 6, 2003
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    Guido Jurock Guest

    Actually I use Mozilla for several months now. I _can not_ see what you
    are talking about. It's working fine.
    I do not know what you look out for on the net, I am looking for
    information. _Not_ "nice" menus "and so forth". I don't want pop-ups. I
    don't want websites to change my statusbar. Specially I don _not_ want
    pages to download programmes and execute them, whenever they want.
    Have you ever validated the HTML on one of those pages? Try it!
    At the moment the differences between Moz and FB are mainly the GUI.
    The Core remains the same.

    Guido Jurock, Oct 7, 2003
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    dantu Guest

    Advanced Javascript

    Javascript was born as LiveScript, out of the Netscape family. It was
    renamed to Javascript a few years later.

    So Advanced Javascript is definately NOT MS or IE inspired.
    dantu, Oct 7, 2003
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    Brian Guest

    I may get slammed for this but I hope not. I'm not a big supporter of
    IE but I am finding that it is working better than Mozilla now. I am
    using version 1.2.1 because I really don't want to go through the
    hassle of uninstalling this version and possibly losing settings that
    I have. One time I somehow had a build installed overnight and it
    screwed things up for a while and I had to spend more time than I
    liked getting it right again.
    I'm not a computer illiterate; I just don't want to spend a lot of
    time on hassles.
    Should I just forget about using Mozilla?
    Brian, Oct 8, 2003
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