Mozilla 1.0 Release Rated Most Significant Event of 2002
Saturday January 11th, 2003
Our final poll of 2002 asked you to pick out the most significant event of the year. Of the 2,454 people who voted, a little over half (52%) thought it was the release of Mozilla 1.0. The start of the Phoenix project was the next most popular option, favoured by 18%. With a 10% vote share, the release of Netscape 7.0 just managed to beat the personal epiphany 9% of you experienced when you realised that pressing Ctrl+L (Mac: Cmd+L) moves the focus to the Location Bar. Next up was the launch of the Chimera project, which received 3% of the vote. The two Gecko-based clients released by AOL in 2002 got roughly equal numbers of votes, with AOL for Mac OS X (2%) narrowly beating CompuServe 7.0 (2%). Finally, 23 of you (0%) didn't like any of the options on the list.
For our next poll, we'd like to know what you think about Safari. That's Safari. One more time, for those of you who think we're ignoring it, Safari. Let us know what you think about Apple's new KHTML-based browser and watch the latest results to see if others agree.
#2 Re: Safari is a WASTE
Saturday January 11th, 2003 10:03 PM
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Ahhh, Apple does need a new browser. The current browser situation on the Macs is dismal. The startup time of both IE & Moz is quite horrible. Add to it the fact that for Mac users the fastest machine available to them is still under 1Ghz. They have no option of buying a 3Ghz machine, like PC users do. You should see how slow the flat panel lamp-shade looking iMacs actually feel. Most of those run at about 667 Mhz. So more competition will yield better results for users who shelled out $2k for these boxes.
So I totally applaud efforts like Chimera & Safari, though I don't buy their claim that Gecko engine takes significantly longer to load. On my windows box, KMeleon loads almost as fast as Notepad. There maybe an incremental speed increase from KHTML engine (Konq is my browser of choice on RH8), but my guess is that most of the differences in cold load time between Safari & Chimera is that Chimera has more features (tabs, sidebars, etc...).