There are different browsers for different purposes:
Mozilla - everything *including* the kitchen sink. (Yes, there is (was)
a way to see the kitchen sink in mozilla.) It is the gear head's browser
and what I use on windows and linux. It is big and slow compared to the
others here, but still lean and mean compared to IE for win32. Basically
it has every possible thing added to it. The overall objective is to
make it a platform for others to customise and make their own browsers.
It's a technology demo. There are many other leaner and meaner browsers
based on mozilla.
Firebird - light and fast and based on mozilla. It's IMO the best
browser for non-techie end users windows. One of the best (if not *the*
best) on linux. It is amazingly fast and non-bloated. Puts IE in its
place. The nightlies are way better than the current milestone which is
Thunderbird - it's a mail client and newsgroup reader that uses mozilla
technology, but with a lot of customisations an enhancements.
Camino - My browser of choice on Mac OS X. Again it's based on mozilla.
To to answer your questions ...
Each browser is good for a different audience, as can be seen by my
descriptions above. There are different groups which have branched
mozilla and are customizing it based on their own ideals.
For windows and linux, firebird is better. It's existed on those
platforms for quite a while and is well tuned.
For OS X, camino is better for the same reasons. (IMO it's also more
'elegant' overall than firebird. It's part of the mac heritage I guess.)
Of course there is no camino for linux or win32 as it uses cocoa.
All the programs here use the same gecko rendering engine. They have the
same overall framework but each one has lots of customisations and a
distinct feel that makes them appropriate for different user groups.
The different browsers use different bookmark setups. You can't
necessarily export from one and import to another. There was a change
around version 1.4 of mozilla that broke bookmark compatibility with
older versions too. But basically if you pick a browser and stick with
it, you should have no problems with importing bookmarks to laster
versions. (Of course, read the license agreement ... there is no
The preferences are certainly not portable between the different
browsers. The firebird release notes caution you to nuke the whole
directory before you install a new version so I doubt its preferences are
portable between versions. Mozilla and Camino preferences are certainly
portable between versions.
Christopher W Aiken <net> wrote in news:chris-