Mozilla Firebird

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  1. snowbound

    snowbound Retired Moderator

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    Hi everyone :)

    I would like to try Mozilla Firebird Browser. Being fairly new to computers my box came with windows xp so IE6 is the only browser i have ever used.

    I would like to hear from firebird users about the pros and cons and easability of using it.

    One thing i have heard is it is much more secure than IE6. This is an important factor as IE6 seems to have so many holes with updates almost coming weekly to patch it up.

    It is important to me that it is easy to use as i have no experience working with a new browser. :doubt:


    Ok people, tell me why i should switch to Mozilla Firebird browser.

    Thanks
     
  2. the Tester

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    Hi Snowbound.

    I use Mozilla Firebird and Opera.
    I never have missed IE6. :)

    Some of the "pros" for me regarding Firebird;
    It's customisable.You can add extensions and skins.
    It has a popup blocker.
    Pages display well in the sites that I visit.
    Tabbed browsing is excellent.
    Built in Google bar for searchs.

    I would install the latest milestone as the nightlies can be a bit buggy.Milestones have been stable for me.

    The only "con" I can think of is that there wasn't an official installer when I installed it Oct.5.
    There may be one now,I don't know.
    I made a desktop shortcut of the Firebird exe. file.
    Nothing major IMO.
     
  3. snowbound

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    Hi Tester

    Thanks for your input.

    There is an unofficial installer on the firebird website. i'm not sure if i should use it or just use the official zip file.

    From what i read on the website this browser looks very interesting and fun to use.

    I'm hearing too many horror stories now about IE6.

    I had my own personal experience last week.I picked up a trojan just surfing the web for avatars.This is when i really started to think about using a safer browser.

    According to the mozilla website this will not happen with their browser.

    Thanks again Tester


    Snowbound
     
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    This is probably a dumb question but what happens to IE6 when u install another browser? :doubt:

    Do u just leave IE6 closed?
    Iam on cable so internet is always on. I would like to disable IE6 if that is possible.



    Snowbound
     
  5. the Tester

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    Hey Snowbound.

    No problem.

    Have you found the forum for Mozilla Firebird?
    There's a lot of information there.

    http://forums.mozillazine.org.


    As far as alternative browsers on the same system as IE.
    You don't have to do anything with IE.
    I always have at least two other browsers on my computer.I haven't had any conflicts between browsers. :)
    I use IE6(Windows XP SP1) for Windows update only.
     
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    Hey tester :D

    Thanks for the forum website( i'm sure i'll need that with my limited experience!) :p

    and also for the additional information on what to do with multiple browsers.

    Mozilla Firebird is looking good! :D

    Karma cookie for u buddy :)


    Snowbound
     
  7. snowbound

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    Thanks Detox :D

    I wasn't sure where i should post this! :p





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  8. Uguel707

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    I agree fully with the Tester...


    No, you don't need to disable IE6 and it would be advisable not to. It remains useful for when going to the MS Windows Update site but, of course, for anything else Firebird or Opera would be a better alternative.

    One thing I like a lot about it is that when I visit sites that have midi music that sounds automatically, the music is suppressed in Firebird by default.

    Actually, I have IE, Mozilla, Opera and Crazy Browser installed and never had any conflicts.


    Uguel :)
     
  9. snowbound

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    Thanks Uguel707

    Wow! u have so many browsers! ;)

    What is the advantage of having so many?

    Also which one do u make your default browser?

    Thanks again

    Snowbound
     
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    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=16085 link to post on blackdiamond firebird.
    You might like the blackdiamond version of firebird it comes with a few more items included. I think it runs better than the standard version of firebird. Personally I like opera but that is just a personal choice, they are both excellent browsers.






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  11. Uguel707

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    Why do I have so many browsers?

    Maybe because I'm quirky girl! :D


    Well, there a some components included in Crazy Browser that I don't have in Firebird by default. Like a multiple translation bar, and you can get to the Windows updates because it works along with IE. For speed I like to use Mozilla Firebird...the browser by default is barebones but you can add more extensions from MF website. I, for myself, leave it this way for I like to keep at least one fast browser. I like opera, it's secure, easy to customize and you can get a free email account with it.

    CU!

    Uguel
     
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    Oh!, I meant to mention that I prefer to rely on the security of Firebird when visiting sites that I don't know I can trust.

    Hey bigc73542, that's a nice animation that you have here!


    Uguel :)
     
  13. snowbound

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    Thanks everyone :D

    Lots of positives on Mozilla Firebird and Opera too!

    The Black Diamond edition3 looks very good with the plugins already installed.

    Hey bigc73542 is this the latest build?

    U all have been a great help
    Tomorrow i will have a new browser, bye bye IE6! ;)


    Snowbound
     
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    The BlackDiamond is a great way to start. Visit the forums to learn more. And at least look at the latest nightly builds . . just for fun. If u download, pic the winzip and just extract it to ur desktop.

    http://forums.mozillazine.org/

    http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firebird/nightly/latest-trunk/
     
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    Yep the diamond edition 3 is the latest. But I will sure be looking for the next version, it should just keep getting better. I have three browsers on my comp. also with no problems.
     

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    Werd has it that the non-beta FB ver 1.0 is to be released around Christmas! :p
     
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    For a beta program firebird runs great I can't wait ot try the non beta.









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    YooooooHoooooo!

    Check this out! I changed the colors of the tabs . . . so now this dummy can at a glance see which tab is active!!!

    No, I'm not too bored!

    And ps: Firebird has a spellchecker now!!!!
     

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    LOL

    Looking good libbo1! :D

    Installed firebird today.
    Wow! Looks great, and easy to use.

    This is a keeper for sure!

    Thanks everyone for your help :D


    Snowbound
     
  20. JayK

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    You went extension crazy right?
     
  21. libbo1

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    :D

    Well just a couple of em!! :p
     
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    I use Firebird . Its really nice . I use the milestone rather than than the nightlies . I really like it and it has given me no problems or crashes . Hums along nicely .
    I like the Thunderbird mail client , but Its kind of slow at loading for me . However as the new builds evolve Im sure it will be a great mail client with Firebird
     
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    Could someone please direct me to the exact plug-in that accomplished the browser-tab color change? (I just went blind looking for it!). TIA. Pete
     
  24. libbo1

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    Yup!

    U will need to d/l one extension, and c&p once into a file. I will help u if u r willing to do so. This will give us shades of grey. To pic other colors u will need access to any rgb palette tool. See pic. This is from photoshop. Paint may have it. I'm sure there are online freebies too.
     

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    lol! Yes, the name of that extension was what I was needing! Pete
     
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