Firefox – A Great Alternative Browser Stephen Rahn Kennesaw State University Georgia Department of Education firstname.lastname@example.org http://ksuetc.org/stephen
How do I get Firefox? • http://getfirefox.com • http://mozilla.org
How much does it cost? • Free to download (5 megabytes) • $6.00 (plus shipping) if you want to order a CD
What Operating System is required? • Windows 98 • Windows 98SE • Windows ME • Windows NT 4.0 • Windows 2000 • Windows XP • Windows Server 2003 • Red Hat Linux 8.0 and later • (and a few other Linux packages) • Mac OS X 10.1.x • Mac OS X 10.2.x and later
Why is it free? • Open source (http://www.opensource.org) • OpenOffice • Linux • Apache • MySQL • PHP
Why is OpenSource a good thing? • Because the code is make public, anyone can modify it and/or create extensions for the program. • A community of developers works to find bugs and make improvements.
Why was Firefox created? • To provide an alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. • To create a more secure browsing experience. • To provide users with features which were previously unavailable to most.
How is it more secure? • Unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox is not integrated with the operating system. • It does not support ActiveX controls and VBScripts (these are known to have security holes).
Is anybody actually using Firefox? • http://tinyurl.com/56kp (w3schools.com) • http://tinyurl.com/bmx88(onestat.com)
Some Great Features • Pop-up blocking • Tabbed Browsing • Multiple Home Pages • Easy clearing of cookies, history, etc. • Keyboard Shortcuts • Mouse gestures • THOUSANDS of extensions
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Thanks for Coming! • This presentation is available at: • http://ksuetc.org/stephen • Feel free to E-Mail me with any questions • email@example.com