"Way back in the Spring of 1998, when I installed Linux for the
first time, there was, for all practical purposes, only one browser
that you could use to surf the Internet. That was Netscape. There
also were a couple of unfinished browser projects around. Arena was
one of those. It was another browser with a graphical user
interface. They stopped their work, ironically, in March of 1998.
They must have realized that I had shown up on the Linux scene and
wanted to spite me. There was also Lynx, a text mode browser. Ever
tried surfing the Internet with a text mode browser? It's a lot
like painting a whole house with the tiny brush they give you in a
paint-by-the-numbers set. For someone migrating from that other
platform, the Internet viewing landscape looked bleak.
"But luckily, 5 years later, we have a virtual cornucopia of
browsers to choose from that run on our favorite operating system.
I'm going to give my opinion as to how these stack up, what to
expect from them, whether there is a steep or relatively flat
learning curve to get them to give you an optimum web surfing
experience and what their relative strengths and weaknesses (ie. my
pet peeves) are..."
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