Mac Needs an Alternative to Mozilla?
Monday August 30th, 1999
Apparently there is a bit of dissension in the Mac ranks over the state of Mozilla on their platform. According to one post at MacDiscussion, Mozilla is called "less than desirable in terms of the resources it uses and the general speed of the browser". Another post describes an average start time of 3.5 minutes (it should be noted that this is on a slower machine - a 180Mhz 604e). This is surprising to me, because this isn't the case on the Windows platform. If Mozilla actually is slow on the Mac, does anyone know why? Are these issues being addressed? I'm usually wary of posting comments like these so early in the development process, but these experiences run contrary to my experience with Mozilla, and I'm curious to know if others have the same issues on the Mac.
Thanks to George for this news.
I just showed the M9 release to a collegue at work here, and he had the same complaint... (seems realy slow..) And I'm running a Wintel version.
I think this is indicative of what's happening in general. There are a bunch of us "advocates" who espouse the virtues of Mozilla, trying to convert the unwashed masses to its legion; but we don't quite understand what the complaints are about, since we've been following its progress for so long.
This is an extremely open project, thats realy starting to pick up steam and hype. As it does, more people are downloading releases/builds, without the "advantage" of having seen earlier builds, that weren't so nice. Sure, the browser is light years better than the first gecko developer release, but to a new user, the code is still slow, the code does leak memory, and the front end is a little kludgy.
If you want to impress them, make 'em play with an old M4 build for a bit, then get them to try M9/M10.
So to we, the appostles of Moz, take these nay-sayers comments with a grain of salt, as they too, upon seeing the eventual optimizing and tweeking, will learn to love the lizard as well.
And to the nay-sayers... If you want a better browser, go ahead and build one... By the time you've even figured out how to get <TABLE> tags to work properly, Mozilla will be pre-alpha'ing their second release.