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Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Is No Slam-Dunk

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The war of the browsers continues with a series of beta skirmishes, as Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 enters the fray. Maybe we should call this the prequel for the next battle for browser supremacy—"Browser Wars: Attack of the Betas."

The latest volley in this not-quite-ready-for-prime-time conflict comes from the Mozilla Foundation, which released the first public beta of its next-generation Web browser on July 12.

eWEEK Labs' tests show that Beta 1 of the open-source Firefox 2.0 includes some welcome new features, catches up a bit with capabilities found in other Web browsers and adds some nice security enhancements.

However, while Firefox 2.0 is shaping up to be a good upgrade to Version 1.5 of the popular Web browser, it doesn't look like it will be the slam-dunk over the forthcoming Internet Explorer 7 that Firefox 1.5 has been to the current IE 6.x.

For that matter, unless Firefox 2.0 and IE 7 improve greatly before their respective releases later in 2006, neither will come close to topping the quality of the already shipping Opera 9.

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People seem to forget that

People seem to forget that open source development works differently than closed source.
Improvements in open source software come incrementally. Firefox 2.0 shouldn't be so much different than 1.5, or else something is wrong. This is just how things are in open source and this prevents long periods between releases.
Yes, Mozilla can make one release every five years like MS where the new release is a big upgrade, but do we really want that?
In closed source, you see a single but big gigantic upgrade each few years and that is why IE7 is such a big upgrade over IE6.
It's bad when people who write articles like in eWeek don't realize this.

re: Firefox 2.0 still not usable for online banking

atang1 wrote:

SeaMonkey has Drupal logon problems, until login twice.

I think that's a drupal bug. I been getting that here in any browser since the upgrades a few months ago.

atang1 wrote:

This means, you can only use Linux if you have dual boot of windows as well. So you can do online banking with other browsers. However, if you use windows, you can use Firefox or opera to watch porn sites.

I can use any browser at my bank, I usually use konqueror.

But I have to use a mozilla/firefox to pay the cable bill (charter). For a long time it wouldn't let me, but I complained each month and after about 3 or 4 months they fixed it where I can use a linux mozilla/firefox.

You need to complain to the site admin.

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