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The browser wars are always continuing, with every web browser spitting out a new feature every time we turn our heads. The latest browser news is Opera Software released Opera 9 Preview 1, Firefox hit 100 million downloads, and Flock was released today.

Opera 9 Preview 1

Opera software (external link) released a preview version of Opera 9, code name Merlin. The interface mainly remained the same, with the main new item being a bookmark button in the address bar. Accounts are also stored in a different manner. There were a number of rendering implementations added. Opera 9 is very close towards passing the Acid 2 test. It is also the first web browser with experimental Web Forms 2 support. You can download it at Opera's website (external link).

Firefox's 100 Millionth Download

Mozilla Firefox (external link) has hit a milestone for IE alternative web browsers by celebrating its 100 millionth download. This is also a major achievement for the open source community, showing that the open source community is strong and thriving.

Flock Creeps Up

Flock, a Firefox-based web browser, was released today. The browser integrates exciting new features, such as an RSS reader, blogging tools, photo sharing, and more. You can download this slightly interesting new browser from its project page (external link).

Analyst worry about Flock forking users from Firefox, with its attractive new features. Only time will tell us how this and everything else will unfold.


  • That flock is pretty interesting. I can't say I like their site much, but it seems like an interesting browser. For now though I'm sticking to FireFox smile

    Posted by stickycarrots (external link) on Sat 22 Oct 2005 at 10:07

  • Isn't the browser "market" over-saturated as it is? What more can a browser do that we don't already have ... besides render CSS correctly. smile

    Posted by WarpNacelle on Sun 23 Oct 2005 at 0:26

  • @ WarpNacelle:

    A browser can offer features that no other browser does. Like Opera does.

    Posted by Daniel Malmqvist (external link) on Sun 23 Oct 2005 at 15:31

  • im running flock, i love it. it looks cool and has a really good awy of handling RSS

    Posted by Mark Lloyd (external link) on Sun 23 Oct 2005 at 15:57

  • I've still found Opera's RSS reader to be my favorite. It would be nice if mail clients started building them (like Mail), as originally I was use to mail and RSS next to each other, in Opera.

    Safari has a nice RSS reader, but I don't use it very often.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Sun 23 Oct 2005 at 16:11