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Sunday November 2nd, 2003

The minutes of the mozilla.org staff meeting of Monday 20th October 2003 are now online. Issues discussed include facilities, FTP, CD sales, website traffic and the website beta.


#11 Re: Re: Re: Status of GRE?

by jgraham

Monday November 3rd, 2003 1:07 PM

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But I don't even understand why it's best for Firebird. The reason stated for not wanting GRE is that the startup time is slower than a statically linked build. That's probably true. In fact, from what little computer science I understand, a statically linked build will *always* be faster to load, since less happens during startup. So they can continue using this excuse forever. However the conclusion that that total statup time is minimised by not using GRE seems to rest on the assumption that only one app is being started. If different apps can share in-memory GRE instances, it strongly suggests that launching subsequent apps will be much faster if the GRE is already loaded - so if you launch thunderbird when the computer starts and then firebird later on, the combined startup time may well be less with the GRE than without, even if starting just thunderbird is slower.

Of course I might be wrong about this. But I'm not sure that startup time is such an important metric that it outweighs all the other advantages of GRE.