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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.


#32 Give it time...

by masri <masri@nolex.com>

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 6:32 PM

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Optimization of code usually assumes there's code to optimize. Let's just give the developers some time. I honestly believe things are going to get great towards the end of the year.

Please, folks, don't judge the project until at least the 3rd or 4th beta release. We're not even at alpha yet! Right now, these pre-alphas are out for early adopters, website developers (who want to see the new features in action on their own sites) and bug wranglers.

I'm seeing tangible benefits between releases. For example, Apple's own website would render completely wrong in M8, but there are very minor errors in M9 (see <http://www.apple.com> - the pieces of the table displaying the computer don't exactly line up). Also, M8 wouldn't even bother trying to render my.netscape.com, but M9 renders it quite well (crashed when I tried to login with my personalized NetCenter page, but that's another story).

It's getting a LOT better, folks. If you have enough time to worry about the builds and don't think things are happening fast enough, then go here.

<http://www.mozilla.org/get-involved.html>

- Adam