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Re: Microsoft vs Firefox
Nov 13, 2004, 13:32
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Re: Microsoft vs Firefox Nov 13, 2004, 13:32
Nov 13, 2004, 13:32
 
Call me a fan boy if you want

Okay FAN BOY!!!

but who actually cares about a tabbed browser???? WTF, it isn't like the best thing since sliced bread, especially since it is just as easy to change browser windows as it is to change browser tabbed windows.

Actually, I'd be lost without it. You're right it's just CTRL+ALT instead of ALT+TAB to switch between open pages, but on the other hand what if you have a few browser windows open along with a few other apps as well? Then with a tabbed broswer you treat all those open pages as only one window. You can then use one key combination to cycle between open programs, and another to cycle between open pages. Very handy sometimes.

The other big benefit (which isn't so much of a benefit in the days of pop-up blockers) is when you visit a site and 20 popup windows pop up. In a tabbed browser, you only have to close one window, where in a non-tabbed browser like IE you'd have to close each individually (although as I said, now that IE finally has popup blocking this isn't as big of a deal as it used to be).

Security; the same old argument applies here as it has to all Mac fan-boys who have touted that Macs have far less viruses.

Oh you mean the invalid one of if hackers spent as much time trying to hack Macs/Linux/Firefox/favourite non-ms product of choice, then there'd be as much security problems as IE has?

Firstly, IE is extremely tightly integrated with the shell, so when you have a security breach in IE, that basically means you have a system-wide security breach. That is a fundamental security issue that is not present in *ANY* other browser.

Secondly, you don't know that if people tried hacking non-MS products more than MS that it would result in more security issues for those products. It might, it might not. Nobody knows the answer for sure one way or the other.

One thing that is true about Firefox since it's open source is that when issues are found, they are usually addressed in a matter of hours instead of weeks or months as is the case with IE.

PZ
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