December 7, 2004
It's all about open source options
Although the technical accolades heaped upon the capable browser were well-deserved, the biggest factor behind the excitement was simple: freedom of choice. Granted, Opera has been available for a while, but it remains the province of a devoted few -- the Amiga of Web browsers. Of course, the Mozilla browser has been around for years, but despite its open source roots, the UI made me feel like I was carrying on a stormy relationship with a woman (Netscape) who claimed she had fundamentally changed, but as Naked Eyes sang: "There's always something there to remind me" -- of the bloated Netscape browser, that is.