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Mozilla Firebird [CLOSED]


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Hi Guys(and gals, lets be PC here!)

After reading a few sites regarding the mozilla browser software, i decided to take the plunge and try it.........OMG! its fantastic. The speed is amazing, ease of use....a million and one recommendations.......BUT

I have no desktop icon for it. Ive had a look at there help pages but to no avail. I went looking in c/program folders but cant even find the mozilla or firebird folders? but ive still got it on my pc, im typing this in a mozilla firebird browser now!

anyone any ideas where i should be looking?

Many Thanks

Ian

Would also be interested in any tweaks or tips for this software as i would like to pass on its recommendations to others. I think its worth it.
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While a great start, it's important to remember that Firebird is still unfinished and is in the beta testing phase.

Firebird currently lacks an installer. It just runs from the folder you extracted it to (i.e. if you saved it to the desktop, and unzipped it there that's where the program files are located). You can move the Mozilla Firebird folder to your Program Files folder, or any location you choose. Create a shortcut by right clicking the Firebird icon, and selecting "Send to Desktop (create shortcut)".

My favorite feature is the tabbed browsing. Here's how I use it: I have a folder in my bookmarks (favorites) I call daily links. These are about a dozen sites I visit every day. When I click on Bookmarks, and then Browse this Folder, the last choice is "Open in Tabs". Each site is in this folder is opened in it's own tab accrosss the top of the browser window. Because the sites are loading in the background, they're ready to view when you click its tab. Even though I'm on broadband this is a nice time saver. I think it'd be huge for dial up.

One feature I just recently learned about is Type to Search. Just start typing and the matching link will be hilited in your browser window (you don't need to use your mouse to click a link).

If you've used IE for a while, you'll probably miss your stored passwords. These can be saved in Firebird too, but aren't imported automatically. You'll also likely need to download Flash, and Shockwave plug-ins when visiting sites that use them.

You'll probably also notice a few pages may not display correctly. This is usually due to the differences in the way IE and Firebird handle coding errors, or possibly a page coded only for IE. Also, beta software isn't going to perform perfectly. <_<
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Many thanks. I now have an icon on my desktop!

The tabbed pages is a great idea. Im forever back and forth comparing or gathering, between as many as 5 sites. What an invaluble aid!
Luckily the password storage isnt a problem as all the PC's i access are shared anyway, so i never store them.
I'm very impressed with the Beta version, and i cant wait for the finished artical. I think ill be deploying it onto every pc i touch in future!

Many thanks again


Ian <_<
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Firebird currently lacks an installer.

Just a note, Mozilla Firebird does come have a contributed (unofficial) installer (also includes uninstaller), worked great for me!

Install Page (Look For "Installer For Windows")

Installer "Walk-Through " Page (Also A Handy Guide To Firebird)

Mozilla Fireboard Tweaks And Tips

Mozilla Firebird Forums

Edited by nathanhuth, 28 January 2004 - 08:10 PM.

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I thought this was interesting. We're averaging about 7,500 unique visitors/month, or 250/day (and growing quickly :D ). A month ago Mozilla's Firebird browser was used by less than .02% of visitors to this site. Since the front page news story and forum discussions that figure has mushroomed to over 8%. Internet Explorer is down from 97% to 87%. Netscape is third with 3.5%, Opera only has .03%

Are we seeing cracks in IE's dominance? Firebird is a great browser, and IE is full of holes. Yet, I'm still suprised to see such rapid change (at least for visitors to this site)! <_<
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