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Netscape 6 PR3 Available

Tuesday October 3rd, 2000

Netscape has made PR3 available from their website. PR3 is currently only available in the English version, according to the options given on the site.


#80 Memory problems & Mozilla

by davebo

Saturday October 7th, 2000 1:52 PM

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I wish more people would read the above message and recognize that Mozilla has a problem. There are still lots of machines out there without piles of memory (think of all the 1st & 2nd gen iMacs, for starters) which grind to a screeching halt when trying to use Mozilla. And they'll run IE 5+ great - which, at least on the Mac, is a great and pretty standard compliant browser. In fact, since web pages code for it AND will continue to do so for the forseeable future - it's standard compliant enough.

I've heard all the lines. Sure, mozilla may be fully standards compliant. Sure, mozilla may power the next generation of web appliances (not that there are any available now, except WebTV, and that's never going to use Mozilla, and not that there's a guarantee that there's going to be a big market for these EVEN AFTER more get released). Sure, mozilla may be a cross-platform base for other applications, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sure, it's still beta, and 'if you tried the latest nightly you'd be blown away with how fast it's gotten/how much less memory it takes/how infrequently it crashes.' I've heard it (and it's still not fully s.c.), I'm aware of it, I know it's cross platform, and I pull source every week and build it on my machine with full optimizations. It's still not useable.

The market NOW is for Mac/Win machines. And Mozilla's not going to be useable on a huge chunk of these machines, while its major competitor (IE) is. And the folks here that keep ignoring this fact are going to be sorely disappointed when 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 . . . . come out but don't recapture or gain market share.