For whomever was stating that "Opera is Opera", and mozilla and netscape are putting out competitive browsers, etc., i recommend you read the concise history of Netscape
right here at your very own Sillydog! it details what you need to know about Codename Mozilla
and how the whole thing went down. Quite interesting, really.
(stick with me here-- there's a point to this, i promise!)
So, the other day I took one of those meat thermometers and just stuck it right in my ear, and then i used one of those meat-tenderizer hammers... just started hammering it right down in there.
man, that really hurt!
but i just kept hammering it, ya know?
Man, I HATE it when that happens
okay-- kidding. but what i DID
do was install XP fresh on a clean 120GB drive. and don't you hate it when that
seriously-- i'm acting stupid, i know. but i wanted to get your attention about the idea of installing XP as being an "event"-- at least, sometimes-- depending on your mood perhaps. and it's sometimes it can be a rather stupid, pointless endeavor, depending upon reasons-- i.e. "what was wrong w/ your current XP system, ya dummy!? how many hours; days have you wasted on this?"
THE POINT is that i decided i would install ONLY Netscape Navigator 9 on this system. That's right-- well, and IE of course.
I'm normally one to end up having 12 different profiles in Seamonkey complete suite, versions 1.0.7, and 1.1.2, Firefox, both versions, Netscape, Opera, and -- well, you get the picture. of course each of those (Flock included) have about 10-too-many extensions loaded as well per profile. But not this time.
Having used the new Navigator, and was diggin' it on my "other" main system, i decided i'd give it the undivided attention i perceived it as deserving.
You're right though-- it's practically a clone of FF2, and one might say inferior for lack of addons support-- however, those of you who feel the same way will know what i mean when i say "That's not the point".
It's not whether you can't load XYZ extension because Navigator is playing catch-up, or that like any other Gecko based browser, you can't easily import settings, etc.-- it's about a browser being a good product out of the box-- and in that sense, i believe that Navigator 9 does excel-- perhaps even beyond Opera in terms of intuitive, unique goodies.
I sense i'd go on and on-- so let me just state the obvious. First and foremost-- you've got to imagine these things outside of your Del.icio.us add-ons; outside of the existence of Gmail; and so many other realities that-- had they not been there-- you might think twice about the way you've perceived the intuitive quality of Navigator 9.
You could call it Netscape's answer to Opera's Speed Dial... or not. regardless, it's useful. Take back your Y! Del... bookmarks addon-- this thing is cool! give me 25 or so useful links, and i'll give you a days worth of wasted time. who needs 2025 stored in a social mechanism so tasty? oh-- i suppose it's version two of the internet, and the so-called social revolution we can not deny our lives of, no?
this is the only "gecko" sidebar i've used which actually allows the copying of text from hypertext media loaded therein, AND also provides the option to choose whether links are opened in the main viewport, or the "sidebar" (i.e. the MiniBrowser) itself. Simple. Effective. Freedom from the .xpi!
UNDO CLOSE TAB
it's in there.
the list does go on, but it's less relevant, i believe, than the paradigm shift one must attempt to embrace in order to truly appreciate Navigator 9 for what it is. true, i have added xpi's to this mutha, but you know what-- it just makes the clean, oh so clean skin look all buggy (to lobby for the browser in light of the lacking of optional themes).
Navigator 9 isn't for everyone, indeed. but it's a nice browser-- straight out of the box. and ya know what, you can even get your new tabs button
back in the tab-bar where you want it.
barring no "View Source With" addon-support, i've had no desire to install and go back to my old ways with SM, FF, and so on. hahaha-- we'll see how long it lasts! and so goes the story of a recovering browser junkie.
A not-verbatim reference to 1980's era Saturday Night Live skit featuring Billy Crystal. SNL is an NBC Television comedy.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:22.214.171.124pre) Gecko/20070710 Firefox/126.96.36.199 Navigator/9.0b2