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Mozilla 1.1 Beta Released

Monday July 22nd, 2002

Asa Dotzler writes: "It's here! Mozilla 1.1 Beta. New to this release are full-screen mode for Linux, BiDi Hebrew improvements, Arabic shaping improvements for Linux, and significant improvements to Venkman, the best cross-platform JavaScript debugger on the planet. Get your binaries and release notes at http://www.mozilla.org/releases/. And if you're confused about all these alpha and beta releases (and what ever happened to that 1.0 branch?) then take a look at the nice picture available at the Mozilla Development Roadmap."


#90 Your computer: S - L - O - W

by leafdigital

Thursday July 25th, 2002 4:25 AM

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Computer hardware and software is generally designed around a three-year life cycle. That means that Mozilla (which was just released now) should work reasonably well on machines that were new in 1999.

New PCs in 1999 would have included Celeron 400 (three times the speed of your machine) or a K6-3 400 (ditto). (Towards the end of 1999, where we'll be comparing against fairly soon, Pentium 3 and the Athlon 750 MHz were released.)

I understand that it's not always possible (or necessary!) for everybody to upgrade their PC after three years, but you have to start expecting new software to perform poorly after that time. The latest versions of Photoshop or Microsoft Office will also be slow on your PC.

Mozilla does have some performance problems (with DHTML) and its memory consumption may not be ideal (I'm not sure it performs well on 64 MB machines which would fit in under that three-year rule) but there is no point comparing performance against a machine from past generations. If you want to run performance tests on a low-end machine, choose one which was new three years ago. Maybe Mozilla performs badly there too, though I suspect it should be at least bearable. (I ran Mozilla on my previous machines at home and work, which were of that generation; and Mozilla performance has improved since those old releases.)

As for Opera, Opera is specifically designed to be small, perhaps catering specifically for those people running outdated PCs. That's great! You should run Opera and forget about Mozilla until you upgrade your PC.

But P-133 was released in June 1995; don't assume many people care that Mozilla's performance is inadequate on a seven-year-old PC.

Hope this clears it up for you.

--sam