'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.

#33 Re: Re: Speed?

by duffbeer703

Friday July 11th, 2003 10:48 AM

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What you say is accurate, but not the whole story. A clean XP system can boot in as few as 10 seconds on some systems, depending on the applications & policies that are applied at startup.

On Windows 2000 & Windows XP systems that take 45 or more seconds to boot, you are likely to see long load-times for IE as well.

In any case, who really cares about initial load time anyway? In my experience, since about v0.9.2 or so, Mozilla/Gecko has consistently rendered pages more quickly than Internet Explorer, and the recent builds seem to be less affected by other other programs (like file transfers or virus scans) than Internet Explorer.