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.

#17 I wrote the article you Question :)

by Anon

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 12:30 PM

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I am not knocking the hard work that has been going into Mozilla, I am questioning the Mac ports progress.

I have also run the Linux version, and it is leaps and bounds faster than the Mac version, even on a much slower machine.

The point I am trying to make is that if they want to get into the browser race on the *Macintosh* they will have to pull up their socks on the effort. It seems that as usual the Mac port gets features last, gets optimised last, and if this remains the case will end up last.

As for pre release software, I am very comfortable with that fact, but 3.5 minutes to launch is still not very encouraging. I know optimisation will come eventually, but it still launches in a little over a minute on my poor old Pentium 133 Linux server...

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