Phoenix 0.1 Released

Monday September 23rd, 2002

Asa Dotzler writes: "The first Phoenix milestone, 0.1, has been released. Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform. This first Phoenix release includes great new features like a customizable toolbar and quicksearch filtering for bookmarks and history. See the Phoenix release notes for more information or go directly to the builds."

#16 nice job

by jilles

Tuesday September 24th, 2002 4:36 AM

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I tried it and it does appear to be slightly more responsive on my slow machine (500Mhz). The launch time however is similar and I noticed it is already an 8MB download (only slightly less than the real Mozilla).

To summarize, I'm a bit sceptical about bloat&performance reduction. The main reason phoenix appears to be faster is because there are less menu items. For the moment I'll keep on using moz1.2 (I am sort of addicted to mozdev).

Some of the enhancements in phoenix are great though and should IMHO land in moz 1.2 as well. Themes (of which there are only a handfull) are broken already anyway so that no longer is a valid reason to hold the enhancements. It would be nice to see the phoenix/orbit theme adopted by Mozilla. I can't stand the classic look, it is beyond ugly.