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Internet News   Internet News : Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Internet Exploder
   posted by DaveyD on 11-Mar-2003 21:33:36 (2087 reads)
Once upon a time on the net, Netscape was the only decent browser. That was until Microsoft threw its muscle behind Internet Explorer, which went on to become the dominant tool to surf the net.

But it is a very wide worldwide web out there, and IE is not the only digital surfboard.

If you use an Apple Mac, for example, you can now try Safari.

"Mac enthusiasts have been raving about Safari since it first came out," said Jonathan Bennett of the technology site, ZDNet.

"They say it's the fastest, best browser available for Mac OS and it looks like it's a winner so far."

Recently released, Safari is in public beta, or test release, at the moment. You can download it from Apple's website.

Safari is based on an open source browser called Konqueror.

Faster display

For something that works on just about any operating system, there is the browser geeks have nicknamed The Lizard. The program is called Mozilla and it is a free, open-source browser.

"It's a very good browser, very up to date, very compliant with the world wide web standards, follows them very closely, more closely than any other browser," said Mr Bennett.

"The pages render a lot faster, you can get just part of the page down and Mozilla will start to display the elements so far without having to have the complete page to show you it.

"There's a simple installer that you can download from the Mozilla website. It's available for multiple platforms, whether that's Windows, Linux, Mac or some of the more esoteric operating systems that are around on other machines.

Mozilla is simple to install and can also be used for newsgroups or e-mail.

There are also numerous add-ons, like a sidebar feature that shows content related to the pages you are browsing.

Norwegian surf

Mozilla is a relative of perhaps the most famous original browser of all: Netscape.

They look virtually identical and use almost the same internal machinery, but Netscape's is a commercial version.

Since it is based on the same code as Mozilla, it has the same technical advantages. It also comes bundled with add-ons such as AOL Instant Messenger.

"Because it's not distributed by Microsoft, it's cross-platform," said Mr Bennett, "so you can use the same browser whether it's on your Mac or your PC or on your Linux PC, or even if you have something like a Sun Microsystems machine at work."

If you have a need for speed then the lightweight Norwegian-made Opera browser is another alternative.

"We've been on the web now for eight years and we have a lot of users of the PC desktop version," said Opera's Pal Hvistendahl.

"We have about five million users, which is of course small compared to Microsoft's market share."

Teen spirit

There is also a teenager whose homebuilt browser is attracting a lot of attention.

Adnan Osmani, a 16-year-old from Ireland, has designed XWebs. He says it is five times faster than anything else but he would not demonstrate it to us.

"I designed a browser because I didn't feel that other browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape were fast enough and they didn't have enough features in them that users would find useful," he said.

And what about online criticism questioning his claims?

"I just shrug most of those comments off. I don't believe people on the discussion groups," said Adnan.

"Their opinion does matter, but I don't really think it makes that much of an impression on me. If they can't look at something in a positive way then just forget about them, that's what I say."

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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
Posted on 11-Mar-2003 22:01:37
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Opera all the way for me (well a little galeon for the sites that Opera6 can't cope with).

The mouse gesture feature in Opera is just priceless! Really when you get used to it, you can't be without it. it's just as addictive as a scroll wheel.

I just hope i can get used to IBrowse2.3 when i finally get my AmigaOne with OS4.


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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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I'd agree - Opera is my fave. The largest benefit for me is that it's all in one with my email and browsing held within one window.

Don't like the new version though - not as easy to seperate email accounts held by different people using the same software.

I'd also agree on the scroll wheel issue - one of the greatest advances ever in computer usability and the best productivity boost you're likely to get for less than 20

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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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I don't see why! you call EI a dominant tool for
the WWW.

IE is not a browser, it's a bloody "Hack".
M$ copied on others to try to make something but only succeeded in making a global farce, just like Windows ( open windows,and let the bugs in ).
IE is a major virus carrier, that causes worldwide problems to all them M$ lovers and pc users. It doesn't operate with worldwide standards, it uses perverted sripts and introduces its own perveted craps.

Us, Amigans, are lucky to have IBrowse, AWeb and Voyager to surf the net. WE probably are missing a few plug-ins, but our programmers are working on solutions in making the Amiga the best of all platforms to surf the WWW.


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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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I wish someone would complie Mozilla for AmigaOS.

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I wish Opera would allow development of their Broowser on AmigaOS. I would hope that the release of OS4 will prompt them to do that - it could easily be ported from LinuxPPC

All we'd need to do is add the GUI.

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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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I used to use the latest Opera, version 7.1 and it was very good but there are still some things missing. The Java support is patchy.. so back to IE 5.5!

One day i hope there will be a decent alternative to IE but for now i cant find any which are as compatible

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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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IE sucks, full stop.

I use Phoenix, Mozilla and Konqueror for my web browsing needs. I don't like the Opera user interface at all. Mozilla has no problem with Java, and it is nice to use Java 1.4. So many people use that creaky old MS virtual machine with IE.

The good thing is that there are a wide range of web browsers available now that support the latest standards. Unlike 2 years ago when it was IE vs. an old and creaky Netscape 4.

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I use iCab on an ancient Nubus PowerMac that I own. I installed it at first because Opera and Netscape were too resource hungry on the old beastie but after I started using it I found I liked it much better than Netscape or IE.

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1 word. Phoenix

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Re: Net choices - The alternatives to Micro$oft's Inter
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It's bad enought that the Internet Explorer program is used by so many, it's even worse that they abuse it to create whatever internet standards they want.


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