Performance Comparison of Mozilla 1.3 Beta and Safari v60

Friday February 14th, 2003

Mac bystander writes: "Interesting article comparing Mach-O Mozilla 1.3b on OS X to the new Safari beta. Sounds like the whole perf thing is not as clear-cut in that comparison as it is when comparing Safari to Chimera (off the 1.0 branch) or Netscape 7 (1.0 branch) on a broadband in-lab connection... ;)"

#42 Re: Not an accusation just questioning re: troll.

by bzbarsky

Monday February 17th, 2003 2:27 PM

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> is this such an issue?

Yes, when you consider that Gecko is targeting markets other than the desktop market as well...

Note that decreasing static footprint involves decreasing the amount of code. Which means the code gets simpler, typically. And making the code simpler should, imo, be the #1 priority for people working on this project.

One other thing. Dynamic footprint is all fine, but _static_ footprint affects startup time very directly. If the Mozilla object files are 20MB, it can't start faster than you can read 20MB of data off your disk (modulo memory caching of disk, of course, but some OSes (Windows) don't do very much of this).