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.

#18 Fast nightly build

by Anon

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 12:53 PM

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It is obvious to me that mozilla needs to do a nightly build which is optimized without any debugging enabled so that people can get some idea of how fast/slow it really is. The theoretical argument that "this is prealpha" does not help psychologically.

People could download both. Also the "Do you really want to do this to your computer" dialog could include something about how slow this version is and why!