4864Re: [NH] HTML browser
- Oct 18, 2004I personaly use Firefox. It's just better IMHO.
On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 12:13:06 -0300, Marcelo de Castro Bastos
> On 18/10/2004 02:13, Sam Ndou invited the wrath of the gods by saying:
> > I am new in the field just startered I would like to know which
> > browser Can I use (netscape.....)which is compatible with windows xp to
> > windows 95/8.
> > Where can I download a free browser .
> OK, let's take it a point at a time.
> To begin with, most Windows versions since Win95 (except the very first
> version of Win95) come with a copy of Internet Explorer. All of them
> can have a more recent version installed for free, by visiting Windows
> Update or the page http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx ,
> with the following comments:
> 1- Win95, Win98 "first edition" and (I think) Windows NT 4 can only be
> upgraded to Internet Explorer 5.5, which is already a four years old
> browser, and has a number of well-known rendering bugs;
> 2- The latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP (IE 6.0 sp2)
> is only available as part of the Windows XP Service Pack 2, and not
> available at all to other versions of Windows.
> 3- All of them have some updates to be downloaded after the installation
> (mostly related to plugging part of the security holes in IE), usually
> from Windows Update.
> 4- EVEN the latest IE (the one in WinXP S2) has known rendering bugs,
> some of them pretty important. Microsoft manifested no intention of
> fixing them in the foreseeable future. And all of them have known
> security bugs, and new ones are frequently.
> So, no, I don't like IE very much, although I use it now and then when I
> have to visit a site which was badly designed and tested only on IE.
> Even so, I only do that if I'm reasonably sure of the honesty and
> trustworthyness of the company which owns the site.
> Alternative browsers, then. Let's take them one at a time:
> 1- Old-style Netscape (version 4.x and lower): You can still find it
> around, but it's very buggy and hopelessly obsolete by now, and almost
> nobody still uses it. Only install it if you NEED to test your design
> in this environment.
> 2- New-style Netscape (version 7.2): Based on Mozilla Suite 1.7. Unless
> you are an AOL subscriber, I don't see much point to this: it's
> basically a Mozilla with a lot of AOL-specific crap added to it. And
> they only update it about once a year, while Mozilla is updated about
> 3- Mozilla Application Suite: ( http://www.mozilla.org ) The latest
> "release" version is 1.7.3, and there's a beta version of 1.8 in use
> too. That's what I use at present, although I'm considering migrating to
> the new stand-alone applications (Firefox/Thunderbird/nView/Sunbird)
> sometime in the future. It's a complete suite (browser+e-mail+HTML
> composer+IRC chat), but many people feel it's too big and bloated. If
> you are going to use it in older hardware and/or need only the browser,
> look at Firefox.
> 4- Mozilla Firefox: Also from the Mozilla site. The new kid on the
> block. A reengineered stand-alone browser product. It's NOT "just
> Mozilla with the other stuff cut out;" it actually uses a more
> advanced (and easier) user interface than the Mozilla Suite. The guts
> (rendering engine) are the same as the Mozilla Suite, so pages should
> render identically in both. The latest version is the 1.0 "preview
> release," which is fancy talk to say "We're almost there, give us a
> couple more weeks." The 1.0 Final version should be released about
> one week after the U.S. elections.
> 5- Opera ( http://www.opera.com ): another fine, lightweight browser,
> which for years have been considered one of the best around, despite its
> small presence in the market. This one is not exactly free: you can
> use it for free in an "ad-sponsered" mode (with a small banner ad
> appearing on the window) or buy it and get rid of the ads.
> All of these should run in anything from Win95 to WinXP (and probably
> even in the Longhorn betas), although in older computers I recommend
> only Firefox and Opera.
> Marcelo de Castro Bastos
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