'The Guardian' Recommends Mozilla Firebird/Thunderbird, Criticises Mozilla Development Decisions

Thursday July 10th, 2003

Ian Deeley and A Wood both wrote in to tell us that today's edition of The Guardian, the UK broadsheet newspaper, features a column by Jack Schofield that recommends Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. The article states that "Mozilla's Firebird browser and Thunderbird standalone mail software could make Microsoft's offerings look very shabby indeed." The bulk of the rest of the feature critically examines Netscape's and's browser development decisions (it is particularly damning of the team's cross-platform aspirations) and discusses Microsoft's plans to abandon development of the standalone version of Internet Explorer. Readers of the print edition of The Guardian can find the column on page 22 of the Life/Online supplement.

#31 Re: Speed?

by Racer

Friday July 11th, 2003 9:47 AM

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Actually, IE takes a long time to load, you just don't notice it because loading happens while Windows is starting up. Microsoft loads almost the entire IE into memory during boot to make it so that IE does "instantly" start up. Been wondering why Windows takes 30-60 seconds to start up? ...I'd bet that at least 10 seconds (maybe even 20) of that is IE loading into memory.

Mozilla has a similar feature but since it can be enabled/disabled, it is still not as transparent as IE loading itself no matter if you use it or not.