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.
#16 Mac Needs an Alternative to Mozilla?
Tuesday August 31st, 1999 12:28 PM
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Yes it's very slow. Startup is about a minute on my G3/233 for the first time while it builds whatever files it's building on the first run. After that it's slightly faster to startup.
the mac alternative is, of course, icab (<http://www.icab.com>, I think). And then there's the new ie5.0 engine, which is supposed to be really fast (and standards compliant) on mac...
Aside from the overall sluggishness (and NO I'm not complaining, just sharing), the mac version has trouble rendering MANY pages, including mozillazine's front page. (These are the milestone releases I'm talkin' about, not the daily builds...)
I'm sure these things will be addressed... Even the slow startup time would appear faster with a splashscreen and startup bar to let you know something's happening... But I can't help but think the win32 version is screamingly fast in comparison...