Update on 0.9.4

Friday September 7th, 2001

We asked Asa for a quick status on 0.9.4's status, which was for release this weekend, and here's what he had to say:

"Mozilla 0.9.4 daily branch builds are looking good. The Drivers have decided to get some additional coverage on the new "-turbo" mode, and we have added a few days to get it turned on by default in the win32 installer builds (don't worry, you can still uncheck the checkbox in the install routine). This and a few other late fixes have us targeting early to the middle of next week for the release. We're hoping for a good round of builds Monday, and barring any unforeseen problems, release soon after. Any help testing "-turbo" over the weekend and on Monday is greatly appreciated (you all have Bugzilla accounts, right?). The sooner we can find any problems or prove it's working the sooner we'll have our Milestone release."

Preliminary testing is showing -turbo to be a very solid new feature, so with a small amount of testing over the weekend, it should be good to go anywhere from Tuesday on.

#60 Re: A vote against "turbo"

by briansmith <>

Monday September 10th, 2001 10:11 AM

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The reason I vote against this is that turbo mode discourages people from working on startup performance tuning. If mozilla is starting up in a couple seconds on the developers' machines (because of -turbo) then they won't see as much need to improve startup performance for people that don't want to use -turbo.

Also, it is just a bad precedent. Imagine having IE, RealPlayer, MS Office, and Mozilla all pre-loaded and all taking ~10MB of memory when not being used. That is 40MB of memory! Now, imagine that more programs start doing this and it wouldn't be unrealistic to have 70-100MB of software "pre-loaded" on your computer in the near future.

Software-image pre-loading is best implemented by operating-system, which has more knowledge of the performance details in the system.