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LinuxPlanet: Sneak Peeks at Mozilla and Opera Web Browsers

Jan 06, 2000, 17:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

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"If there's one piece of Linux software that's essential in the Internet age, it's the ubiquitous Web browser. Virtually every Linuxite uses a Web browser on a daily basis -- usually Netscape Communicator, which is bundled with every major Linux distribution and released under an open-source license."

"But Netscape Navigator is getting a little long in the tooth, which is why Mozilla.org -- the Netscape-sponsored body that oversees Netscape-related open-source development -- is preparing the next generation of the Web browser that ignited the Internet revolution. However, there is some potential competition to Netscape Communicator's relative monopoly in the Linux world, as Opera Software develops a version of the Opera Web browser for Linux. Opera has a small but loyal following, and although Opera Software doesn't play by the same rules as Netscape does -- Opera is unabashed commercial software, and Opera Software gives no indication that any sort of open-source licensing scheme has ever been considered -- Netscape's entrenched position will certainly make things difficult for a new Web browser to compete."

"We download both versions -- an alpha version of Opera (4.0a) and the latest prerelease of Mozilla (M12) -- to see how the next-generation Web browsers compare. Opera installed just fine on Slackware 7.0 and Corel Linux 1.0 boxes, but Mozilla refused to install on the Corel Linux box, as the installation procedure choked on a shared library."

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