Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.

#203 Netscape 6.0 Performance on Linux and Windows

by Mike_Cornall

Saturday November 18th, 2000 7:40 PM

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>> One problem reported by my son is that Netscape 6.0's UI is much slower on Windows 95 than on Linux. Since most of the code is the same, can anyone explain why the Netscape 6.0 UI is slower on Windows 95 than on Linux (on the same machine)?

> The performance of NS6 under Windows is mainly due to the XUL (cross-platform) interface.

Sorry, but it's not XUL. The Linux version of Netscape 6.0 also uses XUL, and its UI speed is just fine. For example, pull-down menus appear immediately upon clicking.

> Your son won't notice little, if any, difference under the Linux OS since Linux apps notoriously have slow rendering UI's to begin with.

That's nonsense. I was dual-booting between Linux and Windows for a year before I finally replaced my last Windows app, and Linux's UI speed is just as fast as Windows.

> So relatively speaking, he should see no difference under the Linux platform.

> Windows, though, is a horse of another color. Many windows apps are *fast* and responsive in their UI's so NS6 (or even Mozilla for that matter) will appear slow relative to a native Win32 app.

I didn't say he found Netscape 6.0 to be slower than other Windows apps.

I said he found that Netscape 6.0 on Windows is slower than Netscape 6.0 on Linux.

And I was wondering why.

I'm assuming that there is some optimization that still needs to be done to the Windows version.

Unless, of course, you want to argue that there is something inherent in Windows that would make Netscape run slower on Windows than on Linux.