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M14 Out!

Wednesday March 1st, 2000

Frank Visser writes, "Hello, mozilla M14 seems to be out, there is now content in the mozilla.org M14 ftp download directory."

This release doesn't contain the crypto code yet. That is still to come. But feel free to download! Currently only Linux and Windows builds available -- more to come. When's the crypto code arriving? "Really, really soon", from what I've heard.


#29 M14 Great Improment for me...

by Silverthorn <shawn.fumo@the-spa.com>

Thursday March 2nd, 2000 12:55 AM

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Ok... I finally registered for the forum here so I could tell my own experiances here.

The only builds I've used is M13 and now M14. I'm using a pentium 100mhz with 40 megs of ram. Win 95 at 800x600.

M13 did impress me mainly in the features of Gecko. I made an experimental CSS page and used Mozilla as the tester. Worked really well.

But seriously not enough for regular use. Very slow in general, keyboard commands even when they worked were too slow to use (arrow down took around a full second to move down one line).

First things I noticed with M14. Splash screen. It looks good, but what's with that gray border that sticks out from some of it? Looks really weird..

Loaded seemingly faster. No weird static when moving between pages, and going forward and back is a lot faster. Scrolling with the keyboard works well (lack of left, right, home, end, alt-left+right, etc. is annoying though).

Preferences is a lot cleaner. Keeps settings from session to session.

Menus are still a little slow.. especially the bookmarks one.

Has only crashed once so far and seemed to crash at least somewhat elegantly (didn't have to force quit).

So, for my situation at least M13 was just not realistic to use for any kind of regular browsing. But M14 is A LOT better in almost every apparant way to me. It actually feels like something I can use.

The speed seems similar to netscape 4 to me (at least if NS4 actually worked well for me.. it always seems to want to suddenly write to the hard drive and lock up for no reason, really really often).

I may still stick with Opera for most stuff just because it is SO fast and the keyboard shortcuts and setup is just so logical... But then again we'll see...

So, I'm sure that all of you that get the nightly builds and everything know tons more on what's really going on etc, but from just a simple user perspective this seems a vast improvement to me...

Shawn =)

P.S. And yes... I am writing this with Mozilla.. hehe