Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 web browser for Mac OS X review.

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    DAMN this browser is smoking fast. Goodbye safari, helloooooo firebird.
     
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    What I find annoying about Firebird and Netscape is the hidden window it creates. I noticed it when exposé is used. It slides out somewhere from off-screen. Haven't noticed it on Chimera/Camino though....
     
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    I dont see any hidden window. but i'm still using Jaguar.
     
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    For some reason I must be one of the only people who actually prefer safari over firebird, I like just the simplest things, such as aqua-esque buttons on websites, nicer looking text boxes, etc, while it has a peecee look to it on firebird, I always seem to close firebird within 5 minutes of using it, just doesnt do it for me for some reason, Safari will always be my #1 browser, although ive been using gecko based browsers ever since mid '00, but firebird is a great browser for windows
     
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    I still prefer Safari on the Mac, although when I have to use Windows, I always use Firebird if I can.
     
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    I gave up Camino for Panther or vice versa and Safari really hasn't been in the running for me. I downloaded Firebird 0.7 the other day and found it to be nearly as good as Camino, but in a omni-platform sort of way.

    It works well and there's no brushed metal unless you download such a theme. The new pinstripe theme looks a little too close to OmniWeb, so they may end up changing that.

    There are some imaging problems but I've also seen those with Mozilla and Camino since Panther.
     
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    I really prefer the Safari gui, too, but Firebird is a very handy app to have around. There was a detailed study a few months ago that found Mozilla to be the most stable of all Mac browsers. While I imagine Safari will someday catch up, Firebird is the nice no-frills version of Mozilla that I can open quickly to render something that Safari is failing with. (Mozilla takes forever to open.)
     
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    Oh it's there. The only way you can see it is if you use Exposé though :p (although the next best thing would be pressing Command-` with a browser window open and you'll see that the focus goes off it (over to the "hidden" window))
     
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    There is a hidden window that Firebird and NS and Moz create, i belive it is a place holder for downloads, not sure anymore.. but anyway it is very clearly visable when using expose.
     
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    Ok, back to safari, firebird did something terrible when trying to load a WMV. And you cant drag and drop jpegs from the web browser. But it's still fast.
     
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    I'm not sure what is terrible about loading/playing WMVs, but I can drag and drop jpegs from Firebird.
     
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    wither camino?

    with the rise of firebird, is camino dead? i haven't seen anything about it either way, but it's not been updated in quite awhile...
     
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    Re: wither camino?

    That was the idea, at first, but people are working on it again. There are new nightly builds.
     
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    That's good. Competition--even among free apps--is a good thing for us.
     

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