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Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

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


#237 Re: Netscape 6.0 Performance on Linux and Windows

by Mike_Cornall

Sunday November 26th, 2000 5:24 PM

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That's a good point. In fact, in order to give IE a speed advantage over Netscape, I'll bet MS even locks parts of IE into *real* memory, rather than virtual memory where it could get paged out to disk.

That would reduce the amount of memory available to Netscape 6.0, and we know that insufficient memory hurts Mozilla's performance, especially since they haven't finished optimizing its memory usage.

That brings up an interesting situation. In the past, when a Microsoft app ran faster than a competitor's app (e.g. Word vs WordPerfect), many suspected that Microsoft used their control of the OS to cheat. The most common method of cheating suggested was secret APIs, but here we see another method, by preloading the MS app into memory.

The problem for Microsoft is that now Linux provides the opportunity for side-by-side comparisons on the same hardware. So as more apps get ported to Linux, if they tend to run slower on Windows than on Linux, it will make Windows look bad, while blowing the lid off Microsoft's game.