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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:25 pm    Post subject: New Browser Reply with quote

Does anyone know of a better browser than IE? I've heard firefox and opera are solid but don't always work with certain websites. Just curious of the pros and cons if anyone is aware of them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run Opera here and haven't really seen any problems to speak of.

There are a lot of Firefox supporters here too, I'm sure they'll chime in
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firefox all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Idea
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's better? You're going to get a split decision there. Some here tighten the settings in IE6 and swear by it. Firefox, which many here use is getting a lot of publicity, and it is good. So is Mozilla, which is a lot like Firefox except that it has an e-mail/newsgroup component, a webpage composer, an address book, and an IRC chat component. If you're just looking for another browser, Firefox is good. If you'd like to replace Outlook Express and the rest of the IE6 package, Mozilla is an excellent choice.
As for Mozilla and Firefox not working on some sites, neither of these use ActiveX, a Microsoft exclusive I think, so they don't work on those sites correctly, many of which are MSN sites. Not a big loss since ActiveX is often exploited by adware/malware. There are also some Java sites they have problems with. These are a small minority, and it's not that big of an issue. Just because you get Firefox, Mozilla, or another choice doesn't mean you can't use IE6.
I'm partial to Mozilla. I very much like a tabbed browser, which is basically the ability to open multiple pages or sites in the same window. The webpage composer is very easy to use. The mail/newsgroup component is excellent. It's very easy on system resources, has built in popup, cookie, and image managers. All kinds of extensions are available for both Mozilla and FF. On my system, it's also significantly faster than IE6. Both are Open Source.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Firefox primarily, tried it once and never looked back. However, I still keep IE6 on a tight leash for the occasions that I use it. I don't use IE except for windows updates and online virus scanners. I ramped up my IE security settings practically to the top for the internet zone, i have IE-SPYAD, and my trusted zone is around medium in security.

Generally alternative browsers come down to preference, just use what feels comfortable or tighten up IE if you don't want to change.

Regarding the "sites that only work in IE" thing, it is not common enough to be an annoyance in my opinion. I have a Firefox extension allowing me to open links in IE, I have yet to use it once.
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