Customizations:Because of the Extension/Theme compatibility that is programmed into Firefox you can just about make it able to do or look like whatever you want, provided someone has made an Extension/Theme to match your tastes.
You can get very nice Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird themes from http://www.spuler.us
Compatibility:It is, because of Internet Explorer's huge market share and lack of web standards support that it holds the whole web back from becoming a lot better. Yes lack of web standards support as in lack of being able to support web page coding that standards compliant browsers such as Firefox, and others that also use the Gecko Rendering Engine Rendering Engine to display web pages with can support. There are also some other standards compliant browsers that do not use the Gecko Rendering Engine Rendering Engine to display web pages with.
Spyware and other types of Malware usually do not target Firefox, but there is some out there that will also get Firefox, but it is rather unlikely that a Firefox user would get it. Unless for example they install loads of extensions from all kinds of web sites.
If a Firefox user has the cache turned on a Trojan can end up in it. A cache is an amount of space in which Firefox uses to temporarily store images and other files from sites so you can load the page up quicker if you chose to go back and view the page again. You can turn it off by going to "Tools" then "options" click on the "privacy" tag and then the "cache" tag set the amount of MB's it's allowed to use to "0". However a Trojan just sit their in the catch and will not do anything unless the user actually opens it. If you have a virus scaner (like AVG) it will be able to remove trojans and worms from your computer.
Spyware, viruses, and other things like this are usually only a Windows issue. In fact viruses aren't really an issue with other operating systems such as Linux. Linux is known to be very secure and virus free. However some viruses were made for Linux, but they were never distributed out of the lab. Ubuntu is a popular and rather good Linux distribution for beginners. It is worth checking out and especially if you have had enough of Windows and it's many problems such as it's very bad security. Linux is very stable and does not just crash like Windows does for some users. (Personally my PC never crashes, but I've had some problems before.)
With popular free open source programs such as Firefox, or Linux distributions. Any security issues are fixed very quickly. Unlike for example a software company like Microsoft were it can take years before a security issue has been fixed. That is of course if it ever gets fixed!
Users can customize Firefox with extensions and themes. Mozilla maintains an add-on repository at addons.mozilla.org with nearly 2000 add-ons in it as of September 2007.
Firefox provides an environment for web developers in which they can use built-in tools, such as the Error Console or the DOM Inspector, or extensions, such as Firebug.
The Firefox project has undergone several name changes. Originally titled Phoenix, it was renamed because of trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies. The replacement name, Firebird, provoked an intense response from the Firebird free database software project. In response, the Mozilla Foundation stated that the browser should always bear the name Mozilla Firebird to avoid confusion with the database software. Continuing pressure from the database server's development community forced another change; on February 9, 2004, Mozilla Firebird became Mozilla Firefox, often referred to as simply Firefox and sometimes abbreviated as Fx or fx.
The Firefox project went through many versions before 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. In addition to stability and security fixes, the Mozilla Foundation released its first major update to Firefox version 1.5 on November 29, 2005. On October 24, 2006, Mozilla released Firefox 2. This version includes updates to the tabbed browsing environment, the extensions manager, the GUI, and the find, search and software update engines; a new session restore feature; inline spell checking; and an anti-phishing feature which was implemented by Google as an extension, and later merged into the program itself.
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Installation and configuration
Obviously, the first thing you need to do is get your free copy of the Mozilla Firefox browser. You can locate the Firefox installer on the Mozilla download page. If you go to this page, http://mozilla.org/products/firefox/, you will always find the newest version available. Now, I recommend you read on the page which version you should download, as Mozilla Firefox develops at a high pace, it's not always the good thing to get the latest version, as it is with most programs. :) I will use the Windows version and the series will mainly evolve around Windows issues. Download the file and you are ready to begin.
Mozilla Firefox Installer
Of course there is an installer to Mozilla Firefox. :) I will take you through the simple pleasure of using a installer. This Mozilla Firefox installer is the official release from the Mozilla community.
After you finish your download it's time to begin the install. Locate the installer .exe (in this case named "MozillaFirefox-0.8.-Setup") and double click it.
If you got any programs running, close them as advised. Press next.
Read the agreement, if you agree, check the box and press "Next". :)
If you want to choose what to install and where to install, mark the custom box, if not choose standard.
The installer will tell you where Mozilla Firefox will be installed, most of you will have the same path as I have in this screenshot.
Mozilla Firefox has the capability importing settings/bookmarks/cookies etc. from other browsers, so if you're migrating from Internet Explorer or Opera, go to File > Import and you should get this screen:
I'm importing from Internet Explorer so that's what I chose. :) Press next, and you should get this screen:
Here you can select what to import; it makes sense to migrate everything, so just leave it as-is and press next.
And there we go, Firefox is ready for use with your old browser settings. :)
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