Imx Fix in my experience
 
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June 13, 2002 1:20 AM


Sometimes people argue against using MacOS(X) using a lack of software as their corner stone argument. While this may be true (there is, as a side effect, much less crap software for MacOS(X) than their is for Windows) it isn't true when it comes to web browsers. I have seven different browsers installed on my machine...
Chimera...
...is based on Mozilla, but endeavors to be a web browser, not a catch all Internet client that reads email, edits pages, dice onions and walk your dog. It rips out the XUL interface and replaces it with native Aqua widget calls. Version 0.3 was released last week and has been far more stab;e than the 0.2 series (imho). The view-source-in-a-tab thing is awesome.
Mozilla...
...is where the good display engine is coming from. Too bad it wants to do too much and slows way down compared to Chimera. (Anecdotal evidence only, real numbers would be cool).
Internet Explorer...
...starts up in about three seconds, doesn't crash (too much), supports standards pretty well, and often hangs when one window opens another. It's a workhorse browser, but I can't wait to replace it.
Opera...
...is one step behind on MacOSX in terms of the version. Windows users get version 6.0 while we're back in the 5's (and just barely). I rarely use this browser.
Omniweb...
...looks great, and is fat, but doesn't really adhere to the standards. People pay for it though, so it must have something going for it, and the Omni Group is completely dedicated to Mac based development.
Netscape 6.x...
...was a disaster. A commercial product based on Mozilla 0.9.4 (read: beta) code was not a good idea, so I'm not going to provide a link to it in fear that any more people will download it. On the other hand, Netscape 7 will be a good thing, someday soon.
iCab...
...has a following due to it's small size. But I NEVER use it, and never see it in my server logs.
I sincerely believe that integrated solutions are a great thing, and that bloatware is like a shadow in the morning; faint at first, and inevitable as time goes by. Applications need to keep focused on the solutions they present without causing new problems to be solved, which is what Chimera intends to do.

The Web Standards Project has a breakdown of these browsers' compliance with standards. Their conclusions should weigh heavily with users, but they won't, so it's up to us.