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  1. #1

    Default Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    I use going to download the DVD of OpenSUSE 11.1 and IE give me the following error before it even opened openSUSE.org

    "Please note that the Internet Explorer (all versions) is not capable of handling files larger then 4GB.

    This means that you will not be able to download the DVD images using IE.

    Please use a different browser or a downloadmanager. "

    Firefox didn't give me any issues.
    Dell D600/ P4 1.4GHz / 2GB MB / 40GB HDD/ GNOME 2.24.1/ OpenSUSE 11.1 (For Family)
    Lenovo T60 / DC 1.66GHz / 3GB DDR2 / 60GB HDD/ GNOME 2.24.1/ OpenSUSE 11.1

  2. #2
    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

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    Yes, it's nice that the site now gives this errors. Going through the
    threads in the install forum you'll find a lot of people who burned four
    billion bytes of download only to find out it was corrupted in the end.
    Weak....

    Good luck.





    vwbond wrote:
    > I use going to download the DVD of OpenSUSE 11.1 and IE give me the
    > following error before it even opened 'openSUSE.org'
    > (http://www.opensuse.org)
    >
    > "Please note that the Internet Explorer (all versions) is not capable
    > of handling files larger then 4GB.
    >
    > This means that you will not be able to download the DVD images using
    > IE.
    >
    > Please use a different browser or a downloadmanager. "
    >
    > Firefox didn't give me any issues.
    >
    >

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  3. #3

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    You forgot to mention, that Firefox had the same problem, at least in older versions.

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

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    Yes.... in 1.0 I remember that but 1.0 was dead a long before 2.0 which
    was dead in November or December.... every application at some point in
    time has had the 2^32 limit (if it doesn't still) but the need to upgrade
    to stay competitive is what differentiates most products. People will not
    use Firefox/Opera/Konqueror/Chrome/anyOtherProduct unless it meets their
    needs unless they are forced into it. For more information Google for
    'monopoly' and 'anti-competitive behavior' for the (these) reasons
    governments are against it.

    Good luck.





    Akoellh wrote:
    > You forgot to mention, that Firefox had the same problem, at least in
    > older versions.
    >
    >

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  5. #5

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    Which of course also applies to IE, IE6 had a 2GB limit, IE7 4GB (IIRC).

    Of course the latter is quite ridiculous, but IE6 is several years old, so comparing this to a modern browser is not really fair.

    In any case, there are way better applications for downloading large files than a browser, "even" wget whips every browser's 4ss in this context.

    P.S. I'm not sure if only FF < 2.0 had this problem, searching for "Firefox large Downloads" or "Firefox Download 4GB" gives pletny of hits which apply to newer version, not all of them being alpha/beta, where such behavoir could be marked as "bug".

  6. #6
    deConficter NNTP User

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    > comparing this to a modern browser is not really fair.

    and when dealing with Redmond we all need to be as extremely fair to
    them as they are to us, right?

    --
    deConficter

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    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    But surely 640kB should be enough for anybody, no?

    M$ rested on its backside for too long after IE6. But surely when they developed IE7, they could have implemented a much higher limit than 4GB. What were they thinking? Or probably they weren't, as usual.

    Regardless, using a web browser to download a large file sucks. Much better to use a proper download manager or torrent; you get resume and also error correction with torrent.

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    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    I always use torrent if a torrent download is available (and recommends to others too). Its distributed load-sharing really helps.
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    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    I downloaded the openSUSE 11.1 DVD the same way. Torrent is really good

  10. #10

    Default Re: Another Reason not to use Internet Explorer

    The best way to download the openSUSE 11.1 DVD ISO is to use an ftp client and choose a quota-free mirror. It's faster and uses less bandwidth.

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