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For six years, the Internet Nexus served as my technology blog, but I've since started blogging at the SuperSite Blog instead. If you're looking for the blog, please head there. --Paul
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Mozilla Ships Firefox 2.0 ... It's a DudMe, in WinInfo:
Today, Mozilla will officially unveil Firefox 2.0, the latest version of its Web browser and, increasingly, a credible challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). Unfortunately, some of Firefox's more trend-setting features have been delayed to a later release, and the new release suffers as a result. What's left is pretty unimpressive.Ed Burnette at ZDNet offers a rebuttal of sorts. However, I think he's missing one important point here:
Phishing protection. Paul says IE's is better, and I haven't put them to the test so I can't say. But the presence of this protection at all is surely a boon to Firefox users, and it will only get better with time.Well, IE 7's phishing filter was more highly rated, yes. The phishing filter that's built into Firefox 2.0 is a joke. You have two options: The built-in version, which literally uses a lame (and immediately out of date) white list/black list system. Or you can use Google's low-rated and privacy-challenged phishing filter. A better bet is the excellent Netcraft toolbar, which isn't as good as IE 7, but is much better than the two options Mozilla provides.
Anyway, I don't mean to suggest that Firefox 2.0 is worthless. It's still arguably as good or better than IE 7. But it's such a tiny incremental upgrade from Firefox 1.5. They should have just called it 1.6. [ Posted at 9:46 PM | Permalink ]