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:
#60 Re: A vote against "turbo"
by briansmith <email@example.com>
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.