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.
#19 Comparisons with Netscape 4?
Tuesday August 31st, 1999 1:52 PM
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I have noticed that my cvs builds are slightly slower to use than normal Nav 4, even with --disable-debug --enable-optimize in configure; someone else asked my why Mozilla was slow and I had to reply that I hoped it was due to a large amount of debugging stuff (even though I turned it off). My system is Linux 2.2.12 with AMD K6-2 300, 64Mb RAM and 128Mb swapfile.
Bearing in mind we're only a little over half-distance (aiui) this is discouraging to say the least. I can only hope that the current crop of bugs is what is causing what is undeniably a good technology from being suitably fast enough for all potential users to switch from their current browser to Mozilla.