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The Mozilla Suite is a set of Internet-related tools including a web browser, email client, and newsreader. The various Mozilla tools are all open source.
Firefox is not the same as the standard Mozilla browser that is part of the Mozilla Internet tools but is a standalone browser created using the Mozilla browser source code. Firefox is a multiplatform web browser. It can operate on a number of operating systems including Microsoft Windows and Linux distributions such as NLD.
The Mozilla project was actually launched by Netscape in 1998 when it released the source code for the Netscape web browser. Available under GPL and GNU licenses, Mozilla tools such as the Firefox browser are open source.
If you haven't been following the news related to security and web browsers, you probably haven't seen all the positive press for the Firefox browser and its capabilities for dealing with security threats, pop-ups, and cookies. Firefox is not actually part of the operating system and so doesn't open you up to threats caused by security holes in the operating system itself. Firefox also does not run certain active content types such as ActiveX controls. (ActiveX controls were developed by Microsoft to provide active content to Microsoft Internet Explorer.) ActiveX controls have been identified as a route used by hackers to invade computer systems.
Most of the security issues that Firefox protects against are really issues related to the Windows operating system and Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. So, you don't have to think about some of these issues at all. Remember that Linux (NLD) already provides a more secure environment from the get go; your use of Firefox as your NLD-based web browser just makes your web experience even more secure and flexible.
Firefox provides a number of enhancements (other than security-related enhancements) that differentiate it from other web browsers that you may have used. Some of these enhancements are
Firefox also makes it easy for you to configure the various user preferences. A Preferences dialog box (select Edit, Preferences) provides access to these settings:
Firefox will serve you well as your web browser; there are some downsides, however. Because Firefox will not run certain content types, you may have problems with some interactive sites, particularly sites that have been created with Microsoft Internet Explorer in mind. But the enhancements and security provided by Firefox more than make up for some of the compatibility issues you may have to deal with.
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