From: Alan Horkan (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Apr 20 2002 - 14:23:22 EDT
> To Alan Horkan:
> Sometimes in the course of x86 computing, using M$ OS's becomes
> unavoidable. I'm am currently stuck in this situation at the moment.
I agree that there are some situations when it is very hard to avoid.
Personally I dont even want to switch from windows98 to anything else,
although I do use various other operationing systems but none as much the
one from Redmond. Partially it is laziness, and inertia because I have
become very accustomed to doing things a certain way. Also win98 allows
me to play the few computer games i own. Probably biggest
reason to use windows 98 is that i have already paid for it (more than once).
> I also prefer open source software. However in the Windows environment
> there is no alternative to Opera... Mozilla is way too slow and a huge
> resource hog, not too mention unreliable. (Caused by M$) There are no
> others worth mentioning...
I am using Mozilla on windows and i am quite happy with it.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. If
you have not tried Mozilla recently it may have improved and become more
to your liking. I hope you will try it agian at some stage
You might consider trying K-Meleon is also available. It uses Mozilla's
rendering engine Gecko. http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/
Although i realise Opera users are very fond of the Tabbed Interface
(which continues to mystify me, explanations offlist if you must).
Sometimes I am willing to go out of my way to use open source software
or i should probably say "free software" because I value the extra freedom
(although find the terminology clunky and ineligant, why not "freedom
software", and i cannot believe Richard Stallman was actually pedantic
enough to pronounce the slash when he says Gnu/Linux, maybe he was
overemphasising to make a point, but i digress)
but i also definately beleive there is plenty of room for commercial
software and room for Proprietary software (Quake being a
I would have sworn I mailed you offlist, otherwise i might not have gone
The abiword developers have for as long as i have known them always tried
very hard to follow the standard and interoperate with MS Word unless
there was a very good reason to do otherwise.
If Opera can do a good job of displaying Abiword documents without any
need to reformat them then I will have to give it try (and find out what
is stopping Mozilla).
PS Gem Drop X, neat game. Frozen Bubble is my current favourite game. (i
dont expect anyone but Calvin to get this reference).
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