Alternatives to Microsoft Internet Explorer
For those of you still using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser, there are many alternative web browsers available that in general are more secure, often have a better user interface and offer many cool features not available in Internet Explorer.
Also, you're not continuing to perpetuate IMHO the worst corporate monopoly in the information technology sector.
Installing a new web browser is not hard...in any operating system. It involves a few mouse clicks. It's actually harder to deal with some of the features on babble than it is to install a new browser! ;)
So...here they are:
Mozilla Firefox - From the Mozilla Foundation, the "main" alternative to Internet Explorer..."free as in freedom", licensed under the GNU GPL/LGPL and MPL...available for Windows, MacOSX and GNU/Linux operating systems.
Firefox is just incredibly cool...there are hundreds of community built add-ons and extensions for it.
Opera - From Opera Software in Norway...which I've heard is unionized. Opera isn't "free as in freedom", it's proprietary. Opera is available for the Windows, MacOSX, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, QNX, OS/2 and BeOS operating systems.
I don't normally care much for proprietary software, but I have a bit of a weak spot for Opera. One of the coolest features about Opera is that it has a built-in bittorrent client! Also a built-in e-mail programme.
Sea Monkey - From the "Sea Monkey Project". Sea Monkey is essentially the old "Mozilla" web suite. The Mozilla Foundation stopped working on it and a new project group picked it up. One of the cool things you can do with "free as in freedom" software.
Sea Monkey is available for Windows, MacOSX and GNU/Linux. Since it shares alot of it's codebase with Firefox, some of the Firefox add-ons and extensions will work with it.
One of the cool things about Sea Monkey, is that it has a very simple built-in WYSIYWG webpage creation tool. It also has a built-in e-mail programme and IRC chat programme.
K-Meleon - is put out by a small group of community software developers and is "free as in freedom" software licensed under the GNU GPL. It also shares alot of its codebase with Firefox. My understanding is that the folks behind it thought that Firefox was getting a little bit too "bloated" and wanted to put out something a little more "stripped down" and therefore faster...and it is pretty fast.
K-Meleon is only available for Windows.
Flock - Flock bills itself as "the social browser". My understanding is that it's also "free as in freedom" software. It's largely built on the Firefox codebase. What's different is the user interface. It's designed to help integrate various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, photosharing sites like Flickr, video from Youtube along with web based e-mail services and RSS feeds. Flock is available for Windows, MacOSX and GNU/Linux.
Google Chrome - As the name implies, from Google. "Under the hood", parts of Google Chrome are licensed under a free software BSD license...but that license allows you to turn free software into proprietary software and so Google has some proprietary stuff running on top of it...so not as "free as in freedom" as Firefox, Sea Monkey and K-Meleon.
Right now Google Chrome is only available for Windows, but versions for MacOSX and GNU/Linux are in development. It kind of makes sense because Google is working on their GNU/Linux-based "Chrome" operating system for netbooks.
Because Google Chrome only runs on Windows right now, I don't have much experience with it. Perhaps someone else can comment on their experiences.
Apple Safari - From Apple. Safari is basically proprietary and the default browser on MacOSX. But it's also available for Windows.
Because in my home environment I'm a GNU/Linux user, I can't say I have much experience with Safari...other than using other folks Macs...or other folks Windows machines.
And as a GNU/Linux user I can also use Konqueror which integrates into the KDE desktop environment for GNU/Linux and Unix. It might some day get ported over to Windows.
There's also Epiphany, Galeon, Kazehakase, and if I want something really "stripped down" and lightning fast, there's "Dillo"
There are also some "alternative" Mac browsers around that I haven't mentioned.
So, do a little experimenting and why not try something new? You're not going to "break" your computer. In fact the only web browser that does "break" computers is Internet Explorer.