Evaluating Firefox 2

Evaluating Firefox 2

Summary: Firefox 2 is officially shipping. Following on Robert Vamosi's evaluation of IE 7, here is his take on the new open source browser:The good: Firefox 2 adds built-in antiphishing protection, search engine suggestions, session festore, inline spell-checking, and Live Titles; the browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux; localized versions available in many different languages.

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Firefox 2 is officially shipping. Following on Robert Vamosi's evaluation of IE 7, here is his take on the new open source browser:

The good: Firefox 2 adds built-in antiphishing protection, search engine suggestions, session festore, inline spell-checking, and Live Titles; the browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux; localized versions available in many different languages.   

The bad: The Firefox 2 uninstall leaves behind a mess; some 1.5 version add-ons will break in 2.0; there are no thumbnail previews of open tabs; the browser doesn't yet pass the Web Standards Project Acid2 test.   

The bottom line: Mozilla Firefox 2 is a winner, beating Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on security, features, and overall cool factor and deserving our Editors' Choice award. 

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  • Shipping ? download is still for version 1.5

    NT
    BitTwiddler
  • You obviously didn't get George Ou ...

    ... on your team for this review! ;-)

    Apart from that it seems a fairly concise piece of writing. Personally I shall wait a while before updating to FF2 just to let the bugs shake out. FF1.5 is secure enough to last another month or two...
    bportlock
  • How does he draw the conclusion on security?

    "Mozilla Firefox 2 is a winner, beating Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 on security, features, and overall cool factor and deserving our Editors' Choice award."

    The UI on IE7 is much more polished. It's way too early to tell if IE7 or FF2 is more buggy. It's a fact that FF1 had more flaws of all types than IE6.
    georgeou
    • I wouldn't call the IE7 UI polished

      To be completely I personally think the UI for IE7 is wayyyy to busy and prefer the much cleaner UI of the FF (3.01a is the current one) trunk builds.

      Bon Echo, FF 2 has actually been in developer builds/alphas/betas/RCs for quite some time so it isn't that new.


      Surely you understand the Mozilla release schedule?
      Edward Meyers
    • How does FF2 compare to IE 2?

      [i]It's way too early to tell if IE7 or FF2 is more buggy.[/i]

      Clue: It's been more than 7 hours since it was released. It has already beaten IE 7.

      [i]It's way too early to tell if IE7 or FF2 is more buggy. It's a fact that FF1 had more flaws of all types than IE6.[/i]

      That makes the first apple I've seen with black and white stripes. How does it compare to round red zebras? Or red herrings?
      IE 7 can't be compared to FF 2 because IE 6 has fewer bugs tahn FF 1?

      Are you comparing the number of flaws in the two (or maybe four) products because they are both (or all) in current release/deployment or because they are at a similar level of development?

      If a 1.x release of a browser isn't as perfect as a 6.x release of a browser is that normal? Good? Irrelevant? Pot stirring? What is your goal in posting this mixture of information as if it were a coherent matrix that conclusions could be drawn from? Why not just compare what is comparable and contrast that which differs instead of waffling on both similarities and differences?
      Still Lynn
  • Dan Farber's FF2 Review is CONCISE, Georgie Ou's FF2 Review is NEWBIE DUMB

    Obviously, Dan Farber knows all about Firefox Extensions since he knows that many but not all will break when users upgrade from 1.5 to 2.0. Meanwhile Georgie Ou comes across as a FIREFOX NEWBIE POSER who OBVIOUSLY does NOT KNOW how to use and tweak Firefox if you read his DUMB review of Firefox 2.0. How can Dan Farber and Georgie Ou both be on the same staff at ZDNet is a wonder.
    rh0
  • Firefox Myths

    Really Firefox is better than IE 7 at what? It is slower for one. Get the facts:

    www.FirefoxMyths.com
    Master Tech
    • Sure have us trust such a biased site

      The myth site is full of myths of it's own, including speed. The source of that even admits that he is not comparing Gecko 1.8.0.X (What FF 2 and 1.5.0.X) is based on but rather an older version based on Gecko 1.7. Ou's tests show only a very slightly slower FF (not even a second slower) and the gecko 1.9a1 engine is faster than IE7 (And FF2).

      In addition his usage figures can be refuted... He's using one source where another source points out something else.

      On Security his source of 190+ flaws is includes stuff that is patched and includes FF 0.X release- Who really expected 0.X release of Firefox to not have flaws? It wasn't even a 1.X release. And so forth and so forth.
      Edward Meyers