Mozilla Branches for 0.9.8
Wednesday January 23rd, 2002
mozilla.org today branched for Mozilla Milestone 0.9.8, as well as opened the tree for 0.9.9 checkins. Look for branch builds to start sometime later this week, as early as tomorrow. (While a certain site believes that without builds, you can't have a branch, that is not true.) Pre-0.9.9 trunk builds will start tomorrow, or possibly tonight. See our earlier story for what's new in 0.9.8.
#3 A harsh test on 2002012203 build
Thursday January 24th, 2002 1:28 AM
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This build comes a little before branching, so it might characterize the upcoming milestone release too.
More to the point: From time to time, I perform the following test, in order to check browser's stability: I start with site that contains a lot of spam. I open links on new windows. In, this way, I open at least 20-30 browser windows, containing different pages. When the memory usage increases to the point of heavy disk thrashing, I close some windows. Tenths of different sites are browsed.
The above "test case" is not mentioned as a means of comparison between IE and Mozilla. Nor it is a consistent and reproducible test for anyone else except myself (I suppose smoketests are intended for this purpose). Just figured out that current Mozilla is so stable that I could hardly imagine before.
A few big annoyances remain, though: a) Window closing time is still long, when many windows are opened (at least 1 sec). b) Cpu usage is relatively high, enough for delaying new window creation, when the parent window is still loading.
Machine used: K6-III/400, 192MB ram, Win2000.