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BBC News Examines Alternative Browsers

Friday March 7th, 2003

A prolific writer writes: "I saw this article on the BBC News front page about alternatives to MSIE." As well as Mozilla, the report also looks briefly at Safari, Netscape, Opera and the secretive new Xwebs browser.


#10 Re: Xwebs concept

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Saturday March 8th, 2003 12:33 PM

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"Unless the single connection that one has with existing browsers is limited to one sixth or less of his incoming bandwidth by whatever means, the claims of 600% speed boost do not pass the b.s. test. Maybe, in fact, that is the point-- to bypass the bandwidth limiting on web servers. I have always assumed that the reason browsers do not do this now (when the technology is clearly not anything unusual-- being enabled on such notorious bandwidth hogs as Kazaa, for example) is because of the added load they would place on web servers."

Actually, most browsers will make multiple connections to a single server (I believe Netscape Navigator 1.0 was the first browser to do this) but the number of simultaneous connections is limited to a small number, like four or something. Because, as you say, using more would just be greedy.

Alex