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.

#8 Thoughts on the browser...

by cyd

Friday June 30th, 2000 9:46 AM

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I've been using the nightly builds of Mozilla for the past few months, since the M15 milestone. It's progressed very well since then.

The M16 release was very impressive. For the first time, most of the basic elements that make a usable web browser were present. Mozilla loaded up within a reasonable amount of time (more quickly than Netscape, in fact.) Scrolling was smooth. Most importantly, html was rendered *very* quickly. IMHO, Netscape ought to have waited for M16 for its preview release :-)

The two main complaints I had were its frequent segfaulting and the broken ftp. The M17 nightlies have gone a long way toward fixing both problems. Stability, while not perfect, has made great improvements in a short period of time - kudos to the developers for this. Ftp is finally useable, despite some remaining hiccups.

There are still a number of rough edges - most glaringly, setting preferences and browsing the filesystem. I'd mildly surprised that these UI-related bugs have survived for so long.

The main concern I have with M17 is that the speed has deteriorated - webpages take a *significantly* longer time to load than in M16. Has anyone else come across this?

Still, things are falling into place very nicely. It's not merely usable now - it's actually a viable browser, and becoming better by the day. Can't wait for 1.0.

Hopefully, someone will eventually hack out a scaled-down, Opera-like version of the Mozilla browser. Now that would be sweet :-)