Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:13 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Today, the Mozilla organization is preparing to release the first release candidate for version 2 of their popular Firefox web browser. Firefox 2 RC1 is available in binary form for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X (the latter a Universal Binary for both PPC and Intel systems). The Windows download comes in at 5.7 MB and runs on Windows 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, or XP. It ran without issue on my copy of Windows Vista RC1."
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RE[4]: Bloated
by Dreadstar on Wed 27th Sep 2006 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Bloated"
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"In my opinion the 20, 40 or even 50 megabytes is a small price to pay."

I disagree, at that size you are effectively turning away anyone on a dial-up connection and thereby establishing a sort of 'caste' system on the internet. It's not right for programmers to rely on abundant technological excesses to compensate for their own lack of diligence. It seems like just yesterday Opera announced they were returning to their roots of a tight efficient compact streamlined browser, and then in fact went the other direction. I have two profound gripes with the current Opera: First, after habituating me to use multiple tabs, more and more websites jerk focus away from the tab you're using to the tab they just finished loading. Webmail especially, if I have 5 messages I'm accustomed to opening 4 of them in background tabs while reading the fifth, but now it's insanity as the background tabs repeatedly steal focus from each other. Just what exactly is the POINT of being able to load pages in the background if you can't read the one you're on until all the background tabs are done loading??? This is incredibly stupid. Second, the current Opera is unresponsive on low end machines, or at least on the one I'm using. I find some forms don't respond when you click buttons. It could be a 'send' button on webmail, or a button to update your shopping cart. Sometimes they don't even hilight, other times they do but won't click, other times they click but don't respond. I still don't know OR CARE what 'widgets' are or most of their other fluff, I just want to surf the web and do normal functions, and suddenly Firefox does it all better.

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