Flock 0.5 Preview Web Browser

by Keith

Flock 0.5

With Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) taking up at least 90% of the market, Mozilla’s Firefox as the next contender to compete with Microsoft, there are also other handful of website browsers, such as Opera, Netscape, as well as Mozilla’s own browser. This time, Flock Developer has released a cutting edge Firefox-based Web browser dubbed ‘Flock’, which integrates next-generation Web technologies such as RSS content feeds, blogs and bookmark and photo sharing. Flock is completely independent from Mozilla but Flock is based on the open source Mozilla code base. In addition to Firefox, the Seamonkey, Camino, Netscape, Epipheny, Galeon and K-Melon browsers are also built on Mozilla project codebase.

According to Flock, the current code is available under GPL license, and that the code is planned to be open-sourced. Flock has added some of the most popular tools from social networking sites, i.e.bookmark tagging system; integration with del.icio.us, a service for storing and sharing Web bookmarks; integration with Flickr, Yahoo’s photo management and sharing service. Furthermore, users can install additional services. Flock also has a built-in RSS reader, which appears to work perfectly well. As most users today are starting to become professional “blog-writers”, Flock has introduced a Blog-publishing tools to allow users the ease of publishing blogs and works to websites easily. It compatible with some of todays’ blogging tools, i.e. WordPress, TypePad and Blogger. I have personally tried it with WordPress, and it’s an excellent way to publish your blogs.

Available in Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platform, both the binaries and source codes are available for the public. The latest version is 0.5 preview both lightweight and powerful. It is one of the prospective browsing engine to compete with Microsoft’s IE dominance in the market. Download the latest version for a trial today.

Click here for a screenshot of Flock.

4 reviews or comments

Al Says: October 25, 2005 at 4:10 am

Have you actually tried this one yet Keith and if so how does it compare to the rest of the crop.

Keith Says: October 25, 2005 at 5:21 am

Yes I have tried it, and it works great. So far Flock accessed the websites pretty quickly, and it seems to take lesser memory allocation than Firefox did. Compared to IE, I would say it is a new contender, except for most Microsoft-based websites, Flock might not show its full functionality. In general, it’s a great piece of browsing software.

The part that capture my attention is the integrated RSS Reader, which can be activated at a click on the Navigation Toolbar. Have a try, Al.

mck Says: October 27, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Thanks for that Keith, I’ve tried it out, and its great! My favorite so far has to be the blog published, although it returned an error, the post still went through and was posted, and it was simple to setup.

Keith Says: October 28, 2005 at 1:30 am

You’re welcome, mck. Typically, it is real easy to setup. So far, I hadn’t seen any problem (or error) with publishing blogs directly from Flock. It all went through successfully, to an account I had with WordPress. I like it nonetheless, and so far it has become my favourite browser todate.

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