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.

#15 Startup slow, browser not

by Anon

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 11:52 AM

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I have run many builds on my G3/350 and the startup is slow. The first time I run a build it is quite slow, but after that the launch is at least 2-3 time as fast. IMO the M8 build was the best *so far*.

Once running I find that it renders websites easily as fast as NN and much faster than IE4.5.

As for the 'look and feel'. M9 'feels' like a UNIX browser. It redraws the contents of the screen as you resize a window, which results in a very jerky feeling. If you do not like this 'feature' as it has been called, please see bugzilla bug #12672 and let them know how you feel.