Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 9th Nov 2009 14:20 UTC
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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A little late to the party
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 9th Nov 2009 15:04 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

The way you write about 2004 its as if alternative Operating systems didn't exist. Or somehow made you a "weirdo". If only there had been a website back then that would have covered this "operating systems news". But what to call such a website.

http://www.osnews.com/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://web.archive.org/web/20040115220259/http://www.osnews.com/ind...

It might be more interesting to get some feedback from someone who had used it before it was called firefox, and/or before version 0.9.

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RE: A little late to the party
by Kroc on Mon 9th Nov 2009 15:08 in reply to "A little late to the party"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Exactly. I wrote about 2004 how I saw it then -- as a Microsoft user, ignorant of everything else, including alternative browsers and alternative operating systems. Places Microsoft painted as 'weird' and wrong. That, I'm afraid, is the world many people live in and the world that students are indoctrinated into.

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talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

And also indoctrinated into the contratry, which is imo just as bad.

Edited 2009-11-09 15:11 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I guess you had a different University experience than I did from 97-01. We used AIX,Linux,IRIX, OS2 warp, VMS, and yes, Windows. By 04, I was quad booting windows, linux, freebsd and BeOS 5. Its just strange to hear 2004 referred to as if it was 1996.

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morglum666 Member since:
2005-07-06

Hi Kroc,

"I wrote about 2004 how I saw it then -- as a Microsoft user, ignorant of everything else, including alternative browsers and alternative operating systems. Places Microsoft painted as 'weird' and wrong.".

I think you might be projecting a little bit. Maybe you were just wierd and wrong in 2004?

I'm just teasing you ;)

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RE: A little late to the party
by mdoverkil on Mon 9th Nov 2009 15:26 in reply to "A little late to the party"
mdoverkil Member since:
2005-09-30

I've been using firefox since it was called Firebird, and I remember using it for the first time. I couldn't believe how much faster it was at loading pages than IE. Tab browsing was still new, so that was a godsend and the fact that it was open source was just gravy.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

For me it was the fact that it wasn't IE more than any other goodies it included.

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RE: A little late to the party
by phoenix on Mon 9th Nov 2009 18:26 in reply to "A little late to the party"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

It might be more interesting to get some feedback from someone who had used it before it was called firefox, and/or before version 0.9.


I used it when it was called Firebird, then Phoenix, then Firefox, when it was pre-0.8. But, I couldn't tell you anything about it, other than it worked better than IE. ;) But it did replace IE and Opera 4.x (loved Opera 3.x, but couldn't get used to all the changes in 4+) on my Windows stations.

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SnowBuddha Member since:
2009-04-17

It was Phoenix first, and then Firebird.
Those were the good old days, when it was fresh and new and I finally got to dump slow Mozilla. Now Firefox is the old slow one, and Google Chrome is the fresh new one... but ah, the memories!

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SnowBuddha Member since:
2009-04-17

Double post, anyone?

Edited 2009-11-12 23:12 UTC

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