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.
#24 I wrote the article you Question :)
Tuesday August 31st, 1999 3:28 PM
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"Port" probably isn't a good word to use for this software, since it is almost completely XP. Using UI as an example - there's actually no OS that it matches. It doesn't match Windows, or any X toolkit I can think of. Mac users may certainly not be alone if they think Moz looks a little different, (although Windows and *nix users have probably had more experience with morphing UI standards)
The builds need not be encouraging. As Mozilla.org trumpets, they may cause all manner of havoc (although usually they don't). They're for developers like myself who want to build stuff on/with it, or for people wanting to test for bugs. A useful practice after finding a slow Mac speed would be to go to bugzilla and file a bug on it.