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friendofdot

Thank you for posting the link to the new build. I had just signed on to this forum because my Phoenix browser kept freezing. It worked for days and then finally stopped. When I downloaded this version, I did not set the home page to myway.com. For some reason, it seemed that this page was causing the problem. So far this build is good. Thanks again...I really, really like this browser :rolleyes: Paula

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Thank you for posting the link to the new build.  I had just signed on to this forum because my Phoenix browser kept freezing.  It worked for days and then finally stopped.  When I downloaded this version, I did not set the home page to myway.com.  For some reason, it seemed that this page was causing the problem.  So far this build is good.  Thanks again...I really, really like this browser  <_< Paula
I don't know whether or not myway.com is causing your problems, but I've got it set as my homepage too... I've never had any troubles with Firebird freezing... I'd try the homepage again with the new version... if it freezes then you'll know! :rolleyes:
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Prelude76

How does Firebird differ from Mozilla 1.3? Does it have all of the following? Image Blocking, Cookie control, Junk Mail filter, Email program, Address book, pop-up blocking? I use those components all the time and couldnt operate good without them. p.s. - the pop-up blocker in mozilla is a god-sent. makes browsing at work so much safer :)p.p.s. - stay away from me, i live near toronto, i'm to be avoided at all costs, according to WHO :D

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How does Firebird differ from Mozilla 1.3?  Does it have all of the following? Image Blocking, Cookie control, Junk Mail filter, Email program, Address book, pop-up blocking?  I use those components all the time and couldnt operate good without them.  p.s. - the pop-up blocker in mozilla is a god-sent.  makes browsing at work so much safer :)p.p.s. - stay away from me, i live near toronto, i'm to be avoided at all costs, according to WHO :D
Phoenix/Firebird is a fresh start from the Mozilla development trunk. Right now it's just the browser but they've built it using the XUL modules that were developed during Mozilla's project. See the Phoenix/Firebird page for more details. It stil has the block pop-up adds feature, tabbed browsing, but the mail client has been seperated out into a parallel project.I live 1.5 hours from T.O. and the WHO won't dissuade me from visiting my parents. Besides, the risk of catching SARS is relatively low outside the hospital environment. And please, wash your hands!
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How does Firebird differ from Mozilla 1.3?  Does it have all of the following? Image Blocking, Cookie control, Junk Mail filter, Email program, Address book, pop-up blocking?  I use those components all the time and couldnt operate good without them.  p.s. - the pop-up blocker in mozilla is a god-sent.  makes browsing at work so much safer :)p.p.s. - stay away from me, i live near toronto, i'm to be avoided at all costs, according to WHO  :D
Firebird is essentially Mozilla without the email client and address book. It's a very nice, compact browser (zip file is only 6 mb)... It does have pop-up blocking, image blocking, and some cookie control (Never used Mozilla, so don't know the differences with the cookies), but all in all, Firebird is a great browser. They are working on a mail client for it as well. The best thing about it is that it is completely un-Netscapeified (if that's a word) :D It's very easy to work with, it only uses two folders (the main program folder, and an application data folder (stores all your settings, so when you update to a new version, you don't have much work to do). The pop-up blocker is wonderful. It works great and you can set it to allow certain sites to pop-up windows if you need them to. It's a big help in my opinion! :D
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Prelude76

yeah, the pop-up blocking is amazing feature. but i recently started using the image blocker. next time you see a banner ad, right click and 'block image from server'. reload, and see the page again :)it works good because MOST banner ads are from central servers, and even local ones like Yahoo's go thru ads.yahoo.com, so all images from these sites are blocked, and news pictures from yahoo are still shownheh, it even blocks those half page in middle of news articles FLASH ads.peachy: which side of T.O. are you at? I'm 1 hour north, and I too visit my folks in the big city, so i use the "you live in quarantined city, so i cant visit you" excuse. hehehe... not often one can use such an excuse to skip out of easter religious celebrations, but i'll take it.. :( note- it didnt really help me, since the folks decided to go up north to visit me instead :( p.s.- im getting camping survival gear ready. north of me is thousands of acres of great vast forests, so if full scale pandemodiam hits toronto, i'll be the first car on highway 69 :(

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peachy: which side of T.O. are you at?  I'm 1 hour north, and I too visit my folks in the big city, so i use the "you live in quarantined city, so i cant visit you" excuse.  hehehe...  not often one can use such an excuse to skip out of easter religious celebrations, but i'll take it..  :(
East. Peterborough to be precise.
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Thanks, guys. I'm hoping to complete research in time to do a introductory review (not a final review) of Firebird in time for the next issue.With the 11-Apr-2003 build, I have a serious problem on one XP machine. It loads but freezes almost immediately. I'm using the same build on another XP machine to type this right now while the new build is downloading.Firebird is a very intriguing browser.-- Scot

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GolfProRM

Scot,Some info on this latest "stable release." On my Windows ME machine at work, It seems to be eating up quite a bit more resources than my old one, and tends to run the CPU a bit more too. I'm not sure if I'm going to go back to the milestone release or not yet. The old version loaded very quickly, and was hardly a burden on my CPU, but when I load a page on the new version, it runs my CPU at 100% for about 3-4 seconds before it settles down.On my XP machine at home, I haven't noticed any issues whatsoever. It's running great here and I'd never go back to the milestone release!

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Guest LilBambi

Waited for the first Stable release which Ryan mentioned the other night. Got it and it has been a wonderful browser in Win98se so far!Only had a couple days but really like it alot! Even does one of the secure sites I go to, haven't tried the others yet, but will let ya know.

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havnblast

Well since I have been introduced to this browser it is all I use. I love the tab browsing, even tho it has been around. I have been telling my friends about it and they are starting to use it and they are impressed with it right away. I have not had any problems yet with it.

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GolfProRM

After running this latest "Stable Build" I've noticed that it seems to have a Memory leak. When I start it up (I use tabs with two homepages), It uses about 21k of memory (seems like a lot anyway), but I've noticed if I leave the browser open for an hour or so (even without refreshing pages/surfing), it'll be up to about 30k of memory usage. I looked at the memory usage this afternoon (had it open for 3-4 hours) and it was using 45k of memory! This seems like a problem to me. I'm going to try the latest nightly build to see how it works, but while I don't notice the memory issues on my main machine, slower machines with less RAM could have more noticeable slowdown issues.Still looking into this... will report back with more findings liater.

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Update - I know it's quick but I'm sitting here watching the NFL draft and playing with stuff on the Puter...The latest nightly build of Mozilla Firebird seems to have addressed the memory leak issue. It still takes up about 21-25k of memory, and like the "stable build" it does increase over time, but the difference: unlike the "stable build" it seems to periodically "clean up" its memory allocation. I noticed after it got to about 35k that it refreshed, and dropped down to 22k.Good to see that this problem has been addressed! B)

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One thing I like as a Mozilla (browser only) user is the themes that are available. Not so much as a 'dress up' thing but the fact that I've been able to get a couple 'skinny top bars' ones (I like Early Blue), that give me a larger browser window. Are thinner themes available for Firebird? And should I keep my Mozilla installed?Thanks

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There are themes available for Phoenix; don't know how skinny they are to your taste, but there is one called Phat! :rolleyes:

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Temmu

peachy: LOL!all:said i'd report on phoenix, er, mozilla.am using it now.so far, so good. the tabbed browsing thing is cool. seems fairly quick to me.no non-displayable or obviously messed up sites (yet).

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peachy:  LOL!all:said i'd report on phoenix, er, mozilla.am using it now.so far, so good.  the tabbed browsing thing is cool.    seems fairly quick to me.no non-displayable or obviously messed up sites (yet).
Don't know what build/version you're using, but some of the earlier builds had a distinct problem with:http://espn.go.com/main.html
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Am using 4/23/03 build on WinXP, and 4/25/03 build on Mandrake 9.1 - both have no problems with any site display; must be prior to these at least. Came by this info at the Mozilla Firebird forums. They really get into it deep, and still they say the most stable build is 3/20/03. :unsure:

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... I've been able to get a couple 'skinny top bars' ones (I like Early Blue),  that give me a larger browser window.  Are thinner themes available for Firebird?  And should I keep my Mozilla installed?
I dont know whether it's available for Phoenix or not, but a "skinny" theme I've been using for Mozilla now for a while is "Pinball"
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I dont know whether it's available for Phoenix or not, but a "skinny" theme I've been using for Mozilla now for a while is "Pinball"
Pinball is available for Firebird. In fact my experience is that there is a larger range of themes available for Phoenix/Firebird than for Mozilla
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... I've been able to get a couple 'skinny top bars' ones (I like Early Blue),  that give me a larger browser window.  Are thinner themes available for Firebird?  And should I keep my Mozilla installed?
I dont know whether it's available for Phoenix or not, but a "skinny" theme I've been using for Mozilla now for a while is "Pinball"
Thinnest theme I've used yet - "Breeze" - available at:Mozilla Firebird themes
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Are thinner themes available for Firebird?
The other Firebird advantage is that the toolbars can be customised which can help maximise the browser area - eg I have combined the back/forward etc icons with the file/edit/view toolbar
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