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Editorial Hands up if you use Firefox. Have used it? Know about it? Heard of it? 'Sites up and down the World Wide Web today will be celebrating five years of Firefox. When I sat down to write this I worried about having to list the history of its features and landmark events and the news of the past five years. Other sites will be comprehensively doing that, there is nothing I can add to that list that Google can't surmise. Instead I will be telling you what Google does not know, my story of Firefox and what Firefox has meant to all of us.
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Galeon, Phoenix and Mozilla suite
by wooptoo on Mon 9th Nov 2009 19:15 UTC
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The first stripped-down browser that i used was Galeon. It ran only on Linux, and it used the Gecko engine. It was a lean and mean little browser and i loved it. Its motto was "the web and only the web". I think it was the first time i actually got excited about browsers.

After that i switched to Mozilla suite, that was just reaching the RC stages and became polished enough. I used Mozilla suite for a long time. Even though it was bloated, it provided a browser and an email client that worked very well.

I was very happy when Mozilla announced Phoenix, as a slimmer version of Mozilla suite. I tested it (version 0.3 at the time) and it was everything i imagined: a slim, fast, no-nonsense browser, just like Galeon, but this time made by Mozilla.

So Firefox was quite awesome from the beginning. If the project became a bit stale recently it's only because now it's mature and development doesn't happen as fast as it used to. But Firefox isn't just a browser, it's a platform. Remember XUL? It's the basis of Firefox extensions. It even makes apps like Songbird or Miro possible.

Google Chrome is nowhere near Firefox. It lacks extensions and its capabilities as a web development tool are near nil. Just a faster engine doesn't make a browser.

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