Building a Better Mozilla

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by ronjor, Jul 7, 2004.

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  1. ronjor

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    Most people who switch to Mozilla or Mozilla's Firefox browser quickly notice that the browser is pretty bare. It contains exactly what you need to browse the Web -- no less and no more.

    And while there's a lot to be said for running a lean, clean program, sometimes you long for more features, a little extra functionality.

    Enter Extensions, little programs that you can add to Mozilla or Firefox to make the browser do what you want it to do. There are now close to a hundred extensions available for downloading. Most work perfectly; others are a bit buggy.

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    I like the new Firefox. I just wish that I could completely replace Internet Explorer with it.

    What I do not understand is why WindowsUpdate requires Internet Explorer. Is there a technical reason for this, or is Microsoft just greedy? I ask this question seriously, so if you have an answer that addresses the technical issues, I would love to hear it.

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  3. Mr. Hrmm

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    Hi Close_Hauled,

    Windows Update requires ActiveX, if microsoft didn't insist on using that then you could use FireFox to get windows updates.
    I guess ActiveX simplifies the update process, but it's not very secure having ActiveX feature in a browser.
     
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    Bare compared to Internet explorer?
     
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    Thanks for the input. I understand that ActiveX is used, but why is it used only by Explorer? Why can't third party browsers use ActiveX?

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    I believe there is/was a download for activeX for Mozilla. Mozilla.org
     
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    Correction:

    The information in the link that I provided is newer than what I got from Google. Google cached this site and it showed the road map as having v1.0b with ActiveX. :rolleyes:

    This is the search that I used: Firefox ActiveX site:mozilla.org

    Maybe they changed their minds.

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    Firebird plugin faq



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    Mozilla and other IE competitors seem to plan their own ActiveX, NPAPI :rolleyes:
    Supposedly it's much more secure. Should not be too difficult, because the browser and NPAPI are not part of the OS.
     
  12. Pigman

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    I dunno... still seems insecure to me. I'd like Firefox without ActiveX, thank you.

    And Windows updates can be gotten at the MS download site.
     
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