Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Sep 2005 10:51 UTC, submitted by Francis
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is now available for download. This is the first Beta release of our next generation Firefox browser, to be released later this year, and it is being made available to our developer and testing community for compatibility testing and to solicit feedback." Read the release notes, and download.
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RE: Not worth it, really
by kiz01 on Fri 9th Sep 2005 14:47 UTC in reply to "Not worth it, really"
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Like you, I preferred the old Mozilla Suite. Firefox is nice and simple but I actually liked having 20 million options and being able to configure it exactly how I want. However, not even the Mozilla Suite can match the configurability of Opera. I tried Opera out about a year ago and got totally hooked. About 6 or 8 months ago I purchased my license and I haven't looked back. I was sad to see the Mozilla Suite discontinued but it didn't really affect me because I was already using Opera.

That said, I think it's great that the new Firefox has so many improvements. It's a great browser and has done wonders for advancing web standards by forcing companies to realize that there are more browsers out there than IE.

So, while I continue to happily use Opera, I actually recommend Firefox to my less computer savvy friends. It's easy to use, secure, and I find that people are more likely to try a browser that they've actually heard of (so keep up the advertising!). However, for those that do not look at computer use as a necessary evil, I always recommend that they try out Opera.

I think that web browsers are kind of like Linux distros. You pick the one that best matches your needs/wants. I think Firefox has come a long way in letting people know that they don't have to use IE. Choice is better for everybody. Keep up the good work!

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