Flock's Engine: Firefox
So, you want to know what my most favorite, Favorite Flock Function (FFF) is. It has to be the simple fact that Flock is based upon the popular, open-source web browser, Firefox. The swift and ultra-stable grandchild of the Netscape browser forms the core of the Flock application. In many ways, Flock is a group of software extensions that are packaged together and plugged into the Firefox browser. Of course, there are some tweaks, such as the switch from Google to Yahoo for the built-in search bar. It makes sense, especially since Flock is also linked to Flickr, which is now a Yahoo service.
Firefox and the open-source development model is how Flock exists. The Firefox code already has a huge army of software developers behind it endlessly refining and improving the program. So, most web-security and standards-compliance issues are dealt with by the Firefox coders. This enables the Flock staff to focus on coding social-internet features into the software and slipping them over Firefox like a favorite glove. Well, it's more like you just drove out of the dealership in an brand new VW Golf that's upgraded with every optional feature, and under the hood is a Turbo Diesel Engine that's dependable, powerful and efficient with over a hundered years of engineering behind it. Ah, the Firefox engine. Now on Version 1.9L... errr, I mean 1.5!
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