Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

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

#206 Re: That is *precisely* the problem...

by Mike_Cornall

Saturday November 18th, 2000 11:40 PM

You are replying to this message

> The fact that your son notices NS6 running seemingly sluggish under Windows IS BECAUSE OF XUL!!!


> Have your son run NS 4.08... or IE for that matter... and compare the difference.

Let me try to make this simple enough that even you can understand.

I used Windows (3.1, 95, and NT) for years.

I have run NS 4.0x (and Word, and other native apps) on Windows 95, on my current machine.

Then I ran NS 4.5, on my current machine, on both Windows 95 and Linux. The UI performance was nearly identical (if you don't count when Windows pauses due to poor multitasking).

Now I'm running Netscape 6.0 on Linux, on my current machine. The UI performance is basically the same.

Therefore, Netscape 6.0, using XUL, on Linux, has basically the same UI performance as a native app on Windows.

Therefore, XUL is not a problem.

So you can pretend to misunderstand the logic, and continue to spread FUD all you want, but if Netscape 6.0 is slower on Windows, it's not because of XUL.

Assuming Microsoft hasn't done something stupid, it should be possible for Netscape 6.0 to perform just as well on Windows as it does on Linux.