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emacs and Phoenix

Despite my generally negative comments against emacs last week, after Monday’s lab session I decided that maybe it’d be a good idea to have it on my Windows partition. So, I downloaded it (all 12.7MB of it!), unzipped it (all 40+MB of it!!!) and ran it. And whaddya know? It’s only version 20.

You see, in the labs, we have version X21 for Linux, which is much better. You get a toolbar and syntax highlighting. And it integrates with JRE, so you can compile and execute Java applications and applets from within emacs. The Windows version, at least on my machine, does none of this. It has now since been removed, and the space assigned to…

Phoenix. This new browser has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and having used it, I can see why. Firstly the interface is very clean; it uses a derivation of Mozilla’s Orbit theme by default, but also supports XP’s visual styles, so visually it looks nicer. The toolbar can be customised to add more or fewer buttons too.

Speed-wise it is noticeably faster than Mozilla, but unlike Opera it still has the very capable Gecko browser core. In fact, if you’re used to Mozilla or Netscape 6.x or 7.x you’ll have no trouble adjusting to Phoenix.

Overall? I like it. A lot. In fact, it’s already my default browser. As for stability, it appears very stable, even for 0.4 release. Get it now.

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