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What is Thunderbird?

Wednesday October 9th, 2002

Blake Ross has posted some details about Thunderbird to the Phoenix General forum. Thunderbird (formerly Minotaur) is a lightweight stand-alone mail client that will accompany Phoenix.


#17 Shared libs to the rescue

by aganguli

Wednesday October 9th, 2002 5:03 PM

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There should be no noticible loss because the shared libraries are only loaded into memory once. This is an operating system feature and true for all shared libs. (Practically) every Unix app, for example, uses libc, so once the first app. has loaded it, all the other apps get to use it for "free".

Without actually knowing much about Mozilla's internals, I'd bet there's an additional speed increase from less shared data (and therefore less locking) and smaller data structures.