HP Takes a Step Sideways

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Posted on October 03, 2005 8:26 PM in Browsers
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I'm surprised Blake Ross didn't have more to say about HP's decision to ship Netscape on its new computers. Especially given all the things he had to say when Netscape 8 Beta was released earlier this year.

Someone's gotta say it, and if you've figured anything out about me, you know I despise Netscape. If you don't believe me, search my archives for "Netscape."

I think the folks at HP are shooting themselves in the foot by switching from IE to anything other than Firefox or Opera. Why? Because the weaknesses of NS8 have been laid out in laundry list format, and they're going to have to end up supporting that browser from here on out. Why not go with a browser that is reliable, already holds a decent market share (isn't even Opera beating NS8 in market share?) and solves the same problems you think you are solving by switching to the inferior browser.

Some might say, well NS8 is leaps and bounds above Internet Explorer, but is it? Afterall, it has the Trident rendering engine built right in. I'd even go so far as to suggest that the IE user interface is better than that of NS8, simply based on the points made by Blake Ross.

It's a shame HP didn't see this as a chance to give Firefox a shot in the arm, and help the Mozilla Foundation to reach some of the goals it has made so clear over at SpreadFirefox.com.


Jeremy Nimmo on October 04, 2005 at 2:17 AM:

And as for bundling Python with their machines instead of Perl? Don't get me started.


Bernie Zimmermann on October 04, 2005 at 9:54 AM:

Jeremy, if you're not interested in browser-related blathery that has no effect whatsoever on the state of the cosmos, you're in the wrong place.

Unless you're into Britney Spears and dirty dancing, that is. Well, no...you're probably still in the wrong place.


thrifty orbit on October 04, 2005 at 11:48 PM:

I realize you are doing windows, but I continue to use NS 7.2 on OS X because no other browser gives me the complete and intuitive control on a site by site basis of cookies, popups, passwords and images that NS does. I want to move into the new century but can't.


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