Weekend Discussion

Friday June 30th, 2000

The weekend discussion returns, with a simple question:

What's your impression of Mozilla's status at this point? Progressing nicely? Faltering? Are you using Mozilla? If not, what needs to be changed before you start using it full time? Try to be specific, and offer constructive criticism and advice. It would be nice if the Mozilla developers could gather some useful information from the discussion. If you haven't tried out a recent nightly build, take one for a spin before you comment.

#59 Too slow on MacOS

by mbrubeck

Saturday July 1st, 2000 9:33 AM

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I have switched to Mozilla as my main web browser for Linux; I now find it more stable and at least as fast as Communicator 4. On the same machine under MacOS, however, I find it intolerably slow -- noticeably slower than Communicator, and much much slower than IE 5. I expect that a lack of MacOS developers is at the root of the problem, as usual with open source projects. Unfortunately I can't afford Mac development tools myself.

<p>Somehow, Microsoft's IE 5 for MacOS team managed to make a browser that is fast, fits in extremely well with Mac interface expectations, and is generally a functional, highly useable product -- better than its Windows cousin. Without major optimization and UI improvements, Mozilla-based browsers will have a hard time competing against it on MacOS.