During the most recent Download.Ject Internet Explorer incident [which was significant enough I saw newspaper headlines and TV news reports advicing people to switch browsers] I got some requests from RSS Bandit users to switch the browser used by RSS Bandit since they'd switched from using Internet Explorer due to security concerns.
Torsten and I looked around to see how feasible this would be and found the Mozilla ActiveX control which enables one to embed the Mozilla browser engine (Gecko) into any ActiveX application. The control implements the same APIs as the Internet Explorer control so it may be straightforward to make this change.
I have some concerns about doing this.
We've had weird interactions with COM interop between RSS Bandit and IE which result in weird bugs like dozens of IE windows being spawned and most recently memory corruption errors. I am wary of moving to an unknown quantity like Gecko and facing similar issues without the benefit of having a background of working with the component.
There's a question of whether we replace our dependency on IE or ship an option to use Gecko instead of IE. Or whether we just ship a Gecko version and an IE version. The installer for the Mozilla ActiveX control is currently larger than the RSS Bandit download so we'd more than double the size of our download if we tied ourselves to Gecko.
I'm curious as to what RSS Bandit users think. Currently I don't think I'm going to add making such a switch to our plans but I am always interested in feedback from our users on what they think the right thing to do should be.