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Firefox helping to make Web better for all
Boston Globe ^ | November 22, 2004 | Hiawatha Bray

Posted on 11/22/2004 1:15:57 PM PST by Radix

In the past two weeks, Internet users have downloaded over 4.5 million copies of Firefox, the excellent browser available for free from the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation. Yes, there are hundreds of millions of IE users, but Firefox is gaining fast, and IE is losing market share for the first time in years. The switch to Firefox will happen even faster as more people realize the full power of this browser, much of it provided by computer hobbyists who are scrambling to create a cornucopia of useful add-ons.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: firefox; internetbrowser; technology
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1 posted on 11/22/2004 1:15:58 PM PST by Radix
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To: Radix

** proud freeper using Firefox **


2 posted on 11/22/2004 1:18:20 PM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Radix
I just made the switch at home and love it. It took care of an issue I was having with IE dieing almost every time I did a Google or Yahoo search. Microsoft was worthless in helping me.
3 posted on 11/22/2004 1:18:45 PM PST by Sthitch
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To: kingu
"** proud freeper using Firefox **"

Same here. All must know Firefox's greatness and be converted... :-D

4 posted on 11/22/2004 1:19:47 PM PST by Dan Middleton (Hang on sloopy / Sloop hang on / Hang on Sloopy / Sloopy Hang on...)
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To: kingu

** proud freeper using Firefox **

BTTT


5 posted on 11/22/2004 1:20:39 PM PST by JoeSixPack1 (Typing incoherently on FR since May '98.)
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To: Dan Middleton

You will be assimilated! :-)~


6 posted on 11/22/2004 1:21:29 PM PST by JoeSixPack1 (Typing incoherently on FR since May '98.)
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To: Dan Middleton
Same here. All must know Firefox's greatness and be converted... :-D

And then they must learn the greatness of extensions - like AdBlock and Bugmenot (the first blocks ads, the second allows automated filling in of those 'log in before you can read' stories.) And for those using large monitors, 'imageZoom' is a great tool.
7 posted on 11/22/2004 1:22:23 PM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Sthitch

Did the same, I finally bit the bullet because I was getting tired of spyware and adware, and Firefox seems to be much more resistant to both. I just wish it was a bit more intuitive to navigate around.


8 posted on 11/22/2004 1:22:23 PM PST by hunter112 (Total victory, both in the USA and the Middle East!)
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To: kingu

I like it but it is very picky about codes.


9 posted on 11/22/2004 1:24:02 PM PST by Baby Bear (Conserve and grow your money...gain power in return.)
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To: kingu

I've been using Firefox for about 5 months now. It's faster than IE. Don't even ask about browsing on AOL which freezes my entire machine at least once a day if I browse on it. A worthless account.


10 posted on 11/22/2004 1:24:51 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: kingu

Oooh, do they have a Bugmenot extension for Firefox 1.0? I'm SO all over that.

It's less vulnerable than IE (for now), takes fewer system resources so it runs faster, and displays virtually every webpage I've found yet just fine. And tabbed browsing is *wonderful*. Right now, it's just a better mousetrap.

We'll see with Microsoft comes out with for IE 7; given their past track record, it will have some nice features and do a lot of what Firefox does, but it'll take 3x the resources to do it!

}:-)4


11 posted on 11/22/2004 1:25:06 PM PST by Moose4 (I'm not white trash. I'm Caucasian recyclables.)
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To: Radix

I've been using Mozilla for YEARS. They do an amazing job.


12 posted on 11/22/2004 1:25:27 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 61,103,636 Bush fans.)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

Firefox Ping


13 posted on 11/22/2004 1:25:44 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Radix

All your browsers are belong to Firefox.


14 posted on 11/22/2004 1:26:23 PM PST by mattdono ("Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" -Big Arnie)
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To: Dan Middleton

Longtime IE user here.

But, this browser rocks.

It kills IE, so I have switched for good except for the times when Firefox has some probs with a video file or PDF doc or something.


15 posted on 11/22/2004 1:27:32 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: Radix

FireFox has some nice features, allot of extensions, tabbed interface (excellent for viewing a site such as FR).

FireFox doesn't work with some specialized page coding, however. Some Java scripted things mess up in it. I haven't tried some of the online videos, etc., but some audio won't run on a webpage; rather they require either MSPlayer or RealPlayer standalone to work.

I do like the extension, FoxyVoice. It 'reads' highlighted text on a webpage. Good for vision impaired and for long web articles on FR; although the computer voice takes some getting used to.

All in all, it is a very ok browser. It doesn't load quite as fast as I'd like.


16 posted on 11/22/2004 1:27:55 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Radix

I started using Firefox this week. I feel like an idiot for having waited so long to try it. It was simple to download and it is as easy to use as Xploder, without the stability issues Xploder was giving me.


17 posted on 11/22/2004 1:27:58 PM PST by Rebelbase (Indiscriminate reprisals strengthen the terrorists. Targeted ones weaken them. Aim is everything.)
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To: Dan Middleton

Mozilla Jihad?


18 posted on 11/22/2004 1:28:28 PM PST by Rebelbase (Indiscriminate reprisals strengthen the terrorists. Targeted ones weaken them. Aim is everything.)
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To: kingu

I think Firefox has built in zooming of any image on the net (or maybe I got that from an extension).

Whatever the case, I love it.

Some things on the net are tiny (like weather maps etc.) that I want to zoom in on. Firefox is great for that.


19 posted on 11/22/2004 1:28:52 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: Moose4

My bugmenot says it is still incompatible. I am sure they will come out with a new one.


20 posted on 11/22/2004 1:29:37 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: Radix

I had been using the basic Mozilla 1.7 but now use Firefox as my default browswer on home computer. It is great and at times moves quickly. Internet explorer does work better with sp2 on this computer but I will stick with Firefox
Brad in Houston


21 posted on 11/22/2004 1:31:53 PM PST by bradactor
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To: rwfromkansas

Several of the the extensions are not compatible with the current version.

I lost about 5 sets when I upgraded. I figure the creators will issue updates of the extensions soon.


22 posted on 11/22/2004 1:33:06 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Radix

But you have to think in Russian (c8


23 posted on 11/22/2004 1:33:11 PM PST by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: bradactor

Nice hobby browser. IE is still the best enterprise level browser for the masses.


24 posted on 11/22/2004 1:34:48 PM PST by Bugs66
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To: Radix

I am using Firefox now. No pop ups, no spyware. Bye Bye Mr. Gates


25 posted on 11/22/2004 1:36:31 PM PST by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: TomGuy

try this site to find 1.0 compatible extensions: http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php?s=2ba53a47cbf2f0aa3b584cdf644597d8&showtopic=1351


26 posted on 11/22/2004 1:37:01 PM PST by Humbug (whew i finally thought up a really clever tagline..how do you like it?)
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To: rwfromkansas

see post 26 to find updated Bugmenot


27 posted on 11/22/2004 1:38:20 PM PST by Humbug (whew i finally thought up a really clever tagline..how do you like it?)
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To: kingu
** proud freeper using Firefox **

Another one here.

28 posted on 11/22/2004 1:38:38 PM PST by Egon (Government is a guard-dog to be fed, not a cow to be milked.)
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To: Radix

I have FF1.0 but dont use it like i should as its not compatible with my windowblinds skinning program .I really like color and themes on my machine and the theme extensions firefox offers are kinda blech to me.I do agree that browsing is faster with FF and I love tabbed browsing.
I use the Adaware SE personal for catching spyware troubles


29 posted on 11/22/2004 1:39:22 PM PST by suzyq5558 (This space is reserved for the next round of liberal silliness.)
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To: Poohbah
But you have to think in Russian

LOL.I've got my copy.


30 posted on 11/22/2004 1:39:28 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?)
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Proud Slackware user using Mozilla

Sorry I just can't stand Firefox...
31 posted on 11/22/2004 1:39:33 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: rwfromkansas
I got a Bugmenot extension for 1.0 just two days ago. It works great.
32 posted on 11/22/2004 1:43:53 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Radix

btttt


33 posted on 11/22/2004 1:44:13 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: Radix

I've been using it for the last month, and I'm VERY pleased with it. It's the best browser I've ever used, if not one of the best over all applications!


34 posted on 11/22/2004 1:47:03 PM PST by KoRn
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To: kingu

Another indespensible add-in: WeatherFox.


35 posted on 11/22/2004 1:47:13 PM PST by Egon (Government is a guard-dog to be fed, not a cow to be milked.)
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To: rwfromkansas


You mean you can have both Firefox and IE?


36 posted on 11/22/2004 1:47:30 PM PST by onyx
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To: Radix

For an easy google search of word or phrase in your firefox browser>>>>

highlight text>>>

>>>> right click>>>

Click menu option that says web search (by google)


37 posted on 11/22/2004 1:47:41 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: Radix

Not too bad, just loaded it up. But dang, it still can't read Japanese on my laptop either...


38 posted on 11/22/2004 1:48:04 PM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: dennisw

Useful:
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
and Thesaurus search box extensions.


39 posted on 11/22/2004 1:49:19 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: JoeSixPack1

Camino & Safari for me! Sorry.


40 posted on 11/22/2004 1:50:04 PM PST by MrLee
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To: DTogo
But dang, it still can't read Japanese on my laptop either...

That's all right. Neither can I.

41 posted on 11/22/2004 1:50:46 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: MrLee

What? No big boast, no comparative reasoning, no "my MAC is better" speech ??

Wow,, A humble MAC user!! I am impressed!

<|:-)~~


42 posted on 11/22/2004 1:55:44 PM PST by JoeSixPack1 (Typing incoherently on FR since May '98.)
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To: Radix

FF is great - but remember to clean out the Download Manager regularly. I let mine go for too long and now it's so FULL that I can't do anything with it, when I click on Clean-up it just hangs. Anybody know how to fix this?


43 posted on 11/22/2004 1:58:46 PM PST by Musket
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To: onyx

yeah.


44 posted on 11/22/2004 2:09:34 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: Pukin Dog

Well, maybe I am not looking for the extension update correctly.


45 posted on 11/22/2004 2:09:59 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: bradactor
I had been using the basic Mozilla 1.7 but now use Firefox as my default browswer on home computer

I have been using Moz 1.7 for some time, almost never use IE anymore.

I thought Firefox was Moz 1.7 browser w/o e-mail. Any reason for me to switch?

46 posted on 11/22/2004 2:10:00 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: onyx
You mean you can have both Firefox and IE?

Absolutely- you are getting this via Firefox on my PC now. You can't get rid of IE- it's hooked into the operating system- but you only have to use it for certain sites that refuse odd-brand browsers, like the Windows update page.

When I used IE, every day ad-aware and spybot would find tons of nasty cookies, and sometimes registry changes, from supposedly "safe" sites. Plus the occasional virus.

I rarely get that junk any more since using FF as the main browser.

47 posted on 11/22/2004 2:22:35 PM PST by backhoe ("We met at Dawn- and destiny Prevailed...")
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To: dennisw

[dennisw]
> For an easy google search of word or phrase
> in your firefox browser>>>>
>
> highlight text>>>
>
>>>> right click>>>
>
> Click menu option that says web
> search (by google)

(*impressed look*) Well, I'll be dipped...!

I was loving FireFox already (another proud FReeper who converted less than a month ago!), mainly because it was blocking pop-ups, but that's *cool!* (Come to think of it, AdAware *hasn't* been detecting much adware, since I switched to FireFox...!)


48 posted on 11/22/2004 2:28:36 PM PST by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Vinnie

The Mozilla Thunderbird mail client is really pretty nice. I can check my email around the kids now without worrying about pictures popping up.


49 posted on 11/22/2004 2:33:23 PM PST by from_waco
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To: Radix

Did anyone else notice that you can highlight a word or phrase then with a right click you can search for the phrase on Google? That so rocks!


50 posted on 11/22/2004 2:37:48 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Liberalism: The irrational fear of self reliance.)
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